PM health scheme to improve health indicators: Saira Afzal

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ISLAMABAD, Jan 4 (APP): State Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarar Monday said that Prime Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme would improve the health indicators in the country.

Talking to PTV, she said that initially, Azad Kashmir, Islamabad, Giligt-Baltistan, two agencies of FATA, four districts of Punjab and Balochistan each would benefit from the programme. Those districts, she added, had been recommended by provincial governments.

Almost 6500 families had so far received their health cards, she informed.

To a question she said that the data of beneficiaries had been taken from Benazir Income Support Programme (BIPS) and people who daily earned less than Rs 200 fall under the scheme.

Saira said the programme would bring change in the social and health sectors and initially 3,200,000  families would be provided health assistance in phases.

Saira said that the programme was being conducted in collaboration with provincial governments.

She said that recently conducted National Demographic Survey had shown that ratio of skilled child birth was very low in the country.

She said that once patient’s account limit had exhausted then Bait-ul-Mal would sponsor him.

To a question she said only those hospitals would provide health facilities that were authorized by Punjab Health Commission.

According to the scheme a person would receive emergency treatment free of charge, and he would be charged if he was  admitted.

She said that if health card was not utilized according to the given amount then the rest of the money would be returned to the government.

The programme, she said was fully government funded and not supported by any donor.

To a question she said that the government was launching a national action plan on health in all the provinces and it would provide all the technical support. National health policy would be announced soon, she added.

To another question she asserted that government would take strict action against all fake medical degree colleges.