PM Imran Khan launches Sehat Card scheme

PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched the first phase of the Sehat Card scheme.
Under this scheme, free healthcare worth Rs700,000 to Rs900,000 will be provided to deserving and poor segments of society.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday launched the Sehat Insaf Card Programme at a ceremony in Islamabad.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, the premier said, “We first introduced health cards in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.”
“If anyone family member is suffering from a disease, the entire household budget gets disrupted,” the prime minister continued.
Stating that the health cards will alleviate poverty, PM Imran added, “We want to aid and safeguard the poor segments of the society by issuing health cards.”
The premier further said that those in tribal areas will also be issued the health cards.
“We will soon introduce a unified poverty alleviation programme which will be the first of its kind and include a number of organisations such as Baitul Maal and others under its umbrella,” he announced.
PM Imran also announced that the government will “introduce a scheme to give house loans to the poor”. “We are working on a plan for improvement using our current resources,” he said.
On January 30, the Health Ministry and State Life signed a contract for provision of Sehat Insaf Card to 15 million families. The contract was signed for Implementation of Sehat Sahulat Program (SSP) in all districts of Pakistan in line with vision of Prime Minister’s Universal Health Coverage.
Through this initiative poor families will be provided with free of cost health insurance to secure indoor health care services worth Rs720,000 from impaneled hospitals.
The services available on Sehat Insaf Card include open heart surgeries, insertion of stunts, management of cancer, neurosurgical procures, burn management, accident management, dialysis, intensive care management, deliveries, C section and other medical / surgical procedures.
A day earlier, Minister for Information Chaudhry Fawad Hussain had said that under this scheme, “free health care worth seven to nine lac rupees will be provided to deserving and poor segments of the society”.
As part of its poverty alleviation drive across Pakistan’s poorest districts, the PTI, in its manifesto, had stated that it would “upscale the Sehat Insaf Card Programme across Pakistan to provide access to quality healthcare to citizens, and augment the existing Benazir Income Support Programme”.

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