KP to begin free healthcare by Jan 31

KP will be the first province to offer free healthcare services to all the citizens by Jan 31st. The whole population would be able to get free treatment in 500 public and private hospitals across Pakistan.

Over 38 million people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will get benefit from free healthcare. The uniqueness of the health card will be that the person holding the CNIC of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will get treatment free of cost across the country.

According to the report, all in all, 6.59 million families will receive health coverage of Rs one million per year. However, it will not cover outdoor treatment, liver and bone marrow transplant in the initial phase. The provision of free medical services to the people of the entire province will cost only Rs 18 billion.

Another distinctive feature of the package is that the expensive treatment of liver and bone marrow transplant is also being made a part of the package soon on the special directive of the KP chief minister for which a contract will be signed with Al-Shifa Hospital, Islamabad.

The State Life Insurance Corporation, already selected after a competitive bidding process, will be paid Rs2, 849 per family annually. The second bidder had given a rate of Rs3,390 per family, which was rejected being the highest.

Describing the health card as his life’s dream, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan termed the scheme the flagship project of the PTI government which would not only provide free and quality healthcare facilities to the people, but also help improve living standard of the general public by reducing poverty in the province.

The CM stated, “The PTI government is striving hard to ensure maximum possible facilities to the people of the province.”

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The government has allocated Rs18 billion for the project and all the families registered with NADRA would be the beneficiaries of the programme.

KP Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra regarding provision of government funds to hospitals stated, “In fact, we are working on increasing the operational non-salary budget for government hospitals and giving them greater financial decision making to enable them spend money at hospital level through healthcare committees headed by the MS of the hospital.”

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