Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched the Naya Pakistan Health Card aka Sehat Card Initiative in Punjab along side Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. This is a similar initiative to the health programme launched in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa last year and it will provide access to health cards for the citizens of Punjab.
The premier while addressing the launch ceremony of the Naya Pakistan Health Card in Lahore, said that all families in Punjab will have access to Health Cards by March 2022. The Prime Minister has launched this initiative in line with the concept of an Islamic Welfare State, or Riyasat-e-Madina.
The Government will start issuing Naya Pakistan Sehat Cards to the citizens of Punjab from January 2022 and within three months, all families in Punjab will have access to health cards and they will be able to avail free medical treatment worth Rs. 1 million a year at both Government and Private Hospitals.
“This is not a health insurance rather a health system. Now private sector will build hospitals even in villages where the basic health units remain vacant as no doctor desires to be posted there. Now private sector will come and poorest of the poor will get free treatment,” said Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The premier added that the difficulties faced by his family during the treatment of her mother, who was diagnosed with cancer, led him to think of introducing a universal healthcare system so that no one had to sell out his belongings for the medical treatment of their loved ones.
“The Naya Pakistan Health Card is not merely a form of health insurance but represents an entire health system,” he said, adding that the country is required to spend Rs. 100 million per year to run the health system.
The Naya Pakistan Health Card will allow people to get treatment at designated hospitals throughout Punjab. In order to find out the list of these designated hospitals, you may contact 0800-09009.