Govt to provide health card to 15 million families

Poor, underprivileged to be entitled for treatment coverage of Rs720,000/- for diseases

RAZIA KHAN January 30, 2019
Poor, underprivileged to be entitled for treatment coverage of Rs720,000/- for diseases. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The health ministry and State life signed a landmark contract for provision of Sehat Insaf card to 15 million families.

The contract was signed for Implementation of Sehat Sahulat Programme (SSP) in all districts of Pakistan in line with the vision of Prime Minister’s Universal Health Coverage.

The contract was signed by Captain (R) Zahid Saeed, Federal Secretary National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination (NHSRC) and chairman State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan.

Ministry of National Health Service, Regulations and Coordination, in collaboration with participating provinces and regions, has completed its procurement to expand its health initiative of “Sehat Sahulat Programme” in Pakistan.

Through the initiative poor families would be provided free of cost health insurance to secure indoor health care services worth Rs7,20,000 from the empanelled hospitals.

Fifteen million families in the province of Punjab, Balochistan, Sindh, AJK, GB and old districts of FATA would be provided with the ‘Sehat Insaf Card’ through a transparent and computerized mechanism.

Sehat Insaf Card facility further extended

The services available on the card include open heart surgeries, insertion of stents, management of cancer, neurosurgical procedures, burn management, accident management, dialysis, intensive care management, deliveries, C section and other medical/surgical procedures.

The programme would also provide transportation cost of Rs1000 to its beneficiaries on their discharge from hospital.

Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister for National Health Services Aamir Mehmood Kiani said that the scheme would bring drastically improve the medical procedures and provide access to quality treatment to the poor and underprivileged in the country.

It is estimated that as many as 15 million families living in Pakistan below the poverty line would benefit from the scheme.


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