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Social health protection scheme to be extend to whole KP

Social health protection scheme to be extend to whole KP
March 31, 2016

PESHAWAR, 31 March: The Khbyer Pakhtunkhwa government has approved extension of social health protection scheme (Sehat Sahulat Program) to the entire province in the next financial year.

The approval was given in a high level meeting held here with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in the chair.

The Sehat Sahulat Program was started to provide quality health care facilities to poor patients free of cost.

The Secretary Health while briefing the meeting informed that the proposed program would cost Rs1.82 billion and would cover free health care services to 32% of the poor population, around 1,166,388 households of the province which constitute 8,100,000 persons.  He elaborated that under the program, which will be financed by the provincial government from its own resources, health facilities would be extended to the needy patients through Insurance Corporation in empanelled public and private hospitals in their respective districts. He explained that deserving patients would be registered according to the poverty index criteria set by Benazir Income Support Program.

Similarly he informed that Rs25,000 would be incurred on the treatment of a single deserving patient while the whole poor family would be provided Rs.175,000 per year for the purpose.

He continued that the registered patients would have the choice to select either public or private hospital for treatment. He elaborated that the healthcare program, beside reducing expenditures of the poor population and generation of additional income for the public sector hospitals would also provide incentives for the health staff.

The steps, he said would increase access of the poorest population to quality healthcare, improve health status of the target of population and help reduce poverty.  It is recalled that the mentioned program is already implemented in four districts of the province including Mardan, Kohat, Malakand and Chitral with the financial assistance of KFW and the provincial government.

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