BISP aspires to have collaboration with Korean’ National Health Insurance Service

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 21 (APP): Minister of State and Chairperson BISP MNA Marvi Memon on Wednesday called for having collaboration with National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) in South Korea to ensure provision of better health facilities to the deserving people in Pakistan.

She was speaking during her visit along with Asian Development Bank delegates from ten countries to National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) in Gangwondo province of South Korea.

The Chairperson BISP said the MoU between BISP, Ministry of Health and NHIS at this opportune moment, when Pakistan has such a rich data of population, will help to realize the dream of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regarding health of Pakistani people.

She discussed the possibility of MoU between BISP, Ministry of Health Pakistan and NHIS of Korea for developing big data for future growth of PM National Health Insurance Scheme (PMNHIS) with Head of Research at NHIS, Hongkyub Lee and Director International Relations, Park Choon Sik.

It was acknowledged during the meeting that Korea has developed the world’s best health Information Communications Technology (ICT) systems.

Through the concepts of health banks, infectious diseases alarm service and regional customized health service, Korea has helped to improve the health of its population in every corner of the country.

Marvi Memon said that Pakistan may learn from the Korean experience through successful transfer of technology and experience.

BISP’ data having the variables of health, education, gender, location, urban-rural divide and other variables can also be utilized for research purposes and devising appropriate health policies for every region of the country.

The collaboration between BISP, NHIS Korea and PMNHIS under the umbrella of ADB may help to achieve this goal.

BISP, being the custodian of National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER), has the union council wise multidimensional data of 27 million households.

Ministry of Health on the basis of BISP data identified the eligible persons for its health insurance card.

Many other federal and provincial social protection initiatives in the country are benefitting from the BISP data.

BISP’s new poverty survey has included the variables of health consisting of chronic diseases and disability. This will help to generate more comprehensive and versatile data giving deep insight into the health related issues and opportunities.