PTI Lauded Over Sehat Insaf Card. Also Accused Of ‘Relaunching’ PML-N’s Health Initiative
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.
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.
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’
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’
The more I read about Sehat Insaf Card initiative, the more I am impressed. Every year, approximately 150,000 new cancer cases emerge in Pakistan. Cost for cancer treatment exceeds a million per patient. Imagine the financial burden of the cancer-stricken family.
— Baji Please (@BajiPlease) February 4, 2019
‘Good step if the government can finance all this’
PM Khan launches countrywide Sehat Insaf Card scheme to provide free medical treatment worth Rs720,000 to approximately 80 million people. Great step if Govt can finance all this https://t.co/UAHsz6C47r
— faraz (@faraz_lhr) February 4, 2019
‘PML-N’s program renamed and relaunched by PTI’
Existing health insurance programme launched by PMLN in 2015 renamed and relaunched by PTI as its programme. Can anyone explain what exact changes were brought to existing programme? Also didn’t PTI criticise such party promotion activities in the past? https://t.co/fJSM1VkwhO
— Hasan Zaidi (@hyzaidi) February 5, 2019
‘PTI has copy/pasted and relaunched PML-N’s program’
نیشنل ہیلتھ پروگرام جسے 31دسمبر 2015 کو اس وقت کے وزیراعظم نوازشریف صاحب نے شروع کیا تھا جسے دُنیا بھر میں پذیرائی ملی.اُسی پروگرام کا نام تبدیل کرکے تبدیلی سرکار نے دوبارہ لانچ کردیا کیونکہ 6ماہ گزر جانے کے بعد بھی انہیں کاپی پیسٹ سے کام چلانا پڑ رہا ہے. pic.twitter.com/YwwG1OouEH
— Zeshan Malik (@ZeshanMalick) February 5, 2019
‘The scheme could cost 10 times the health budget’
80 million people to get the Insaf Sehat Card – up to Rs 720,000 in subsidized medical care – even if 1% of these people use it like in an insurance scheme, that's Rs 576 billion or $4.2 billion or 10 times the federal health budget!
Looks like our economy journalists are asleep
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) February 4, 2019
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.
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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