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PTI Lauded Over Sehat Insaf Card. Also Accused Of ‘Relaunching’ PML-N’s Health Initiative

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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government launched the first phase of Sehat Insaf Card scheme on Monday.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry made the announcement on Sunday, saying that the scheme aims to provide free healthcare worth Rs7-9 lac to the poor and deserving individuals.

This is how the Sehat Card will look like.

The initiative aims to provide poor families with free of cost health insurance worth Rs 720,000 from enlisted hospitals. 15 million families countrywide will be issued the Sehat Card through a computerized mechanism.

Services offered by the 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.

The Sehat Insaf Card was first introduced in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in April, 2017. The scheme benefited around 15 million people in the province.

Advertisement of the Sehat Insaf Card in KP.

While Social Media users are lauding PTI for their initiative, some also believe that the PTI is ‘copying’ and ‘renaming’ the National Health Program which was launched in 2015 by the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The NHP also came with a similar card which was named ‘Pakistan Sehat Card’

The Pakistan Sehat Card.

According to PML-N’s policy in their tenure, every card holder could avail health facilities worth Rs0.3 million per year; however, in case of exceeding the card limit the patients were provided financial assistance by Baitul Mal.

‘The more I read about the Sehat Card, the more I am impressed’

‘Good step if the government can finance all this’

‘PML-N’s program renamed and relaunched by PTI’

‘PTI has copy/pasted and relaunched PML-N’s program’

‘The scheme could cost 10 times the health budget’

Addressing a press conference, Federal Minister for Health Aamir Mehmood Kiani said that the cards have been launched after the initiative made good progress in KP.

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Kiani added that the card would also offer Rs10,000 to the holder’s family in case of accidental death so that the family could bear the funeral costs, reported Dawn.

He also said that no government in the history of Pakistan has made such an investment on underprivileged members of the society.

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