Prime Minister Imran Khan launched the Naya Pakistan Health Card or Sehat Card Initiative in Punjab on Monday ( Naya Pakistan Sehat Card Punjab) alongside 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.
While addressing the launch ceremony of the Naya Pakistan Health Card in Lahore, the prime minister said that all families in Punjab will have access to the Naya Pakistan Sehat Card Punjab by March 2022. The Prime Minister has launched this initiative in line with the concept of an Islamic Welfare State, or Riyasat-e-Madina.
How To Get Naya Pakistan Health Card Punjab
The government will start issuing Naya Pakistan Sehat Card Punjab to the citizens of Punjab in January 2024. Within three months, all families in Punjab will have access to health cards.
They can avail themselves of free medical treatment worth Rs. 1 million a year at both Government and Private Hospitals using the Naya Pakistan health card Punjab.
“This is not health insurance, but rather a health system. Now, the private sector will build hospitals even in villages where the basic health units remain vacant as no doctor desires to be posted there.
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 must spend Rs—one hundred million per year to run the health system.
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He said starting from January 2024. The Health Card Punjab would be distributed within three months, allowing the Punjab population to avail free medical treatment. “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, the private sector will come, and the poorest of the poor will get free treatment,” he said.
Shedding light on how important it is for a country to have modern and state-of-the-art medical infrastructure, the premier said that when his mother was diagnosed with cancer, his family had to take her abroad for treatment, which pushed him to establish a cancer hospital in Pakistan where people, especially people with low incomes, could go for treatment free of charge. He said the people had to sell their belongings while getting treatment.
He maintained that the country must spend Rs 100 million annually to run the health system. He praised his government’s policy of imposing smart and micro-smart lockdowns instead of a full-fledged lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic. He said that the entire world praised Pakistan for that. However, he added, the opposition continued to criticise his government.
He said that 6.2 million scholarships are being provided to youth, worth 47 billion rupees, to encourage deserving students from low-income families. Addressing the ceremony, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar said the health sector is the Punjab government’s top priority. He said nine hospitals had been set up in the last three years.
Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid said 8.5 million health cards had been distributed in Punjab so far. She said that 30 million families would be provided health cards by March next year under this program.
Benefits of Naya Pakistan Health Card Punjab
Under the Prime Minister’s vision of a welfare state and universal health programme, like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, every family in Punjab will be provided with a Naya Pakistan Sehat Card to access medical facilities. The card will enable every family to avail healthcare facilities up to one million rupees. The medical facilities also include treating severe diseases. The list is pasted below.
- Kidney Transplantation
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