Prime Minister Imran Khan will launch Naya Pakistan Qaumi Sehat Card for the citizens of Islamabad and Rawalpindi today. Resultantly each household of Islamabad & Rawalpindi division (Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelum and Chakwal districts) will be able to avail Universal Health Coverage of up to Rs 1 Million per year.
A total of 43 public and private panel hospitals in Islamabad & Rawalpindi will provide free treatment to 100% population of the twin cities.
وزیراعظم عمران خان آج اسلام آباد اور راولپنڈی کے شہریوں کے لیے نیا پاکستان قومی صحت کارڈ کے تحت یونیورسل ہیلتھ کوریج کا اجراء کریں گے۔ #صحتکارڈسبکےلیے pic.twitter.com/3rtJu3Ru0w
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The facility encompasses treatment of cancer, kidney transplantation, chronic diseases, thalassemia, complications of diabetes, heart disease, nervous system surgery, organ failure and treatment in case of accidents.
Under the Prime Minister’s Welfare State Vision and Universal Health Insurance Program, Naya Pakistan Qaumi Sehat Card aims at providing free health care of up to Rs 1 Million per family per year to all permanent residents of Islamabad, Punjab, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Thar Parkar, Sindh. It is pertinent to mention that this facility has already been provided to the entire population of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while the strategy has been finalized to roll out Naya Pakistan Qaumi Sehat Card in the whole of Punjab by March 2022.
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Every day thousands of patients in these provinces/regions are benefiting from the health card facility, and are extremely satisfied and grateful. The beneficiaries state that before provision of Sehat Card, they had to either take a loan or sell some asset to access better healthcare. But with the provision of Universal Health Coverage, they can now avail free treatment even in the best private hospitals.
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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa became the first province on January 31, 2021, to have a free healthcare facility for all its citizens. All the citizens were able to get free treatment in the 500 private and public hospitals.