Expenditures on health care have pushed millions of people into poverty across the world. Pakistan’s government has emphasized universal care inside its health-care reforms (UHC). To achieve its UHC aims, the federal government launched the Sehat Sahulat Programme (SSP), a groundbreaking social and health protection programme in conjunction with provincial and regional governments. The initiative’s goal is to provide free health insurance to low-income families first, then to the rest of the households. Residents of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Bahawalpur now are included in Prime Minister Imran Khan’s current health initiative. If residents of Islamabad, Bahawalpur, or the Islamabad District had the Naya Pakistan Qaumi Sehat Card, they would be entitled for free medical care worth up to PKR 1 million per year.
The Naya Pakistan Sehat Card would provide access to 43 governmental and non – governmental sector hospitals in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Cancer, kidney transplantation, chronic illnesses, thalassemia, diabetic complications, cardiovascular disease, nervous system surgeries, organ damage, and accident treatments are all now covered to PKR 1 million per year.
The New Pak Qaumi Sehat Card offers free medical treatment to all inhabitants of Khyber, and the concept is being replicated in Punjab, Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Sindh, and Tharparkar. The service will be offered throughout Punjab until March 2022.
According to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with State Life Insurance and Pakistan Kidney and Liver Center, people would accept free kidney and liver transplants (PKLI).
As per MoU, people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa can get free kidney and liver transplants under the Sehat Sahulat Program. For each patient, the province will cover approximately PKR 5 million in liver transplant expenses and PKR 1.4 million in kidney transplant costs. People have already benefited from these benefits, but there’s more on the way, like free medical care for cancer and OPD patients.
Signing contracts for Sehat Sahulat Program
The department of health of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is signing a contract with major private medical facilities in Islamabad and Lahore to provide free liver transplants as part of the Sehat Sahulat Program. Shaukat Khanum Hospital and Research Center will be included in the Sehat Sahulat Program, which will provide free cancer medication to qualified patients. According to reports, this Sehat Insaf Card project has helped a maximum of 62,557 people of Khyber (KP) in September.
Punjab’s administration has approved the distribution of health cards to all of the province’s households. These opinions were expressed at a meeting on typhoid immunization conducted by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Health in Islamabad, Layyah, Rajanpur, and Mandi Bahauddin, Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Chakwal, DG Khan, Multan, Lahore, and Pakpattan. According to Dr. Rashid, all 29.3 million Punjabi households participating in Nadra would receive Sehat Sahulat certificates by December 2021. In the first phase, cards would be provided to all seven districts of the Sahiwal and Dera Ghazi Khan Divisions. Sehat Sahulat Card Holders are eligible for free medical services worth up to PKR 7.2 lakhs. Patients who hold the card would be able to receive free treatment at any certified hospital in Pakistan.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that as part of the Sehat Sahulat Program, the local provincial government of Khyber will provide a micro healthcare system to a province’s whole population (SSP).
The Prime Minister’s Sehat Sahulat Program heralded as a “milestone towards welfare policies,” aims to provide registered citizens with free, dignified, yet prompt indoor health care services. The program was created with low-income individuals, those with a disability, and transgender individuals in mind. All people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or the newly merged tribal territories, meanwhile, have access to unlimited, high-quality medical treatment as of today.
After providing you with a comprehensive analysis of the Prime Minister’s Ehsaas Nashonuma Strategy, we now are concentrating just on Sehat Sahulat Programme 2020. Since its project started in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Balochistan, and Sindh’s Tharparkar District, above is a complete guide to the program’s eligibility requirements, application forms, Sehat Insaf Card usage, and more.
About Sehat Sahulat Programme In Pakistan
The Sehat Sahulat Program was launched in 2015 with the purpose of providing Pakistan’s disadvantaged population with the best healthcare given suppliers through a complementary micro-insurance scheme. Ever since about 6,808,513 families have participated in the PM’s health insurance program. All medical and surgical operations, as well as hospitalizations, maternity care, follow-ups, and consultations, are offered for free to participants in this program. Users need only their Sehat Insaf Card, which is distributed to everyone registered citizens and it has a one-year validity term, to use these services.
According to Dawn.com, each registered family would be entitled to health coverage worth up to PKR 10 lakh per year for the full region of KPK under Sehat Sahulat Programme. This program has a unique feature because it includes all formal and informal hospitals. Furthermore, State Life Insurance Corporation was chosen to provide health insurance to Khyber residents under a scheme after competitive bidding. Every family will pay PKR 2,849 a year to the insurance company.
Residents of the Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Swat, Buner, Malakand, Shangla, ’s distinct Lower Chitral, anda Lower Chitral districts of Malakand, according to sources, may start receiving free medical care in October, regardless of the economic conditions. In the upcoming weeks, members of the Hazara Division would start receiving hospital attention. In December, Peshawar and Mardan will be updated, followed in January by Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, and Kohat.
According to Khyber Minister of Health Taimur Saleem Jhagra, the government plans to spend PKR 18 billion on offering free treatment and health care to the province’s 40 million residents living in 35 districts.
PKR 2 lakh has now been set aside for emergency situations, general surgery, and maternity services, while PKR 4 lakh has now been set aside for diabetes, cancer, renal illnesses, heart disease, and neurological conditions, according to the minister. The remaining PKR 4 lakh would be used to cover the costs of a kidney transplant, radiotherapy, and any unexpected costs.
Benefits Of Sehat Sahulat Programme
Some of the most notable advantages of the Sehat Sahulat Program are as follows:
The Sehat Sahulat Card of a Sehat Sahulat Program allows beneficiaries and extended relatives to free emergency services, hospitalizations, medical treatment, surgical procedures, maternity services, referral transportation, follow-ups, and consultations. This is included in the secondary care plan.
PM’s healthcare emergency package contains diabetic, cardiovascular illnesses, burns, kidney damage, road accidents, oncology, neurosurgery operations, acute kidney illnesses, hemodialysis, and other chronic conditions like TB and hepatitis.
According to the official website, each close relative of a Sehat Insaf Cardholder is qualified for yearly treatment worth up to PKR 60,000 for secondary package and PKR 3 lakh for prioritized products. If the cardholder’s or a family member’s medical fees exceed that limit, the card can be loaded up with the money to pay the treatment costs.
Those registered in the Prime Minister’s Sehat Sahulat Programme will also get PKR 1000 in medical transport three times a year.
If the cardholder dies, their family will get PKR 10,000 to assist with funeral costs.
The list of enrolled hospitals on the program’s website allows beneficiaries of this healthcare plan to attend any of the companies and government medical institutions listed.
Sehat Sahulat Program Eligibility Criteria
As per the program’s official website, it was created to give free indoor therapy to people with disabilities, transgender people, and even those struggling to make ends meet in KPK, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan. Moreover, all citizens of newly combined tribal districts and Tharparkar District in Sindh are eligible for the Sehat Insaf Card of Sehat Sahulat Program. However, as previously mentioned, the program has just been enlarged to include residents of KPK.
How to Join the Sehat Sahulat Program?
The following are the detailed instructions on how to apply for Pakistan’s Sehat Sahulat Program:
Step 1: Send your CNIC number to 8500 to see if you’re qualified for such a Sehat Sahulat Program.
Step 2: When you are deemed to be qualified for the program, a text message is sent to your phone validating your details. Your Sehat Insaf Card number, and also the name of the card distribution center in your district in which you might pick up your card, should be included in the message.
Step 3: Pick up your Sehat Insaf Card via visiting the designated cards distribution center using your regular CNIC or Special CNIC.
You may also apply for a Sehat Insaf Card online at the Sehat Sahulat website by going to the ‘Eligibility Details’ section. Enter your CNIC number into the applicable section to see if you qualify for the Sehat Potential of Changing Program.
How to use the Sehat Insaf Card?
Members of the card or their family might be treated at any of the designated hospitals. They must, however, bring with them the necessary documents:
Sehat Insaf Card is a card that promotes good health and well-being.
Both the cardholder and a family member requesting help on the original CNICs or Special CNICs
In the event of a kid, complete Form B.
Simply go to a Sehat Sahulat Program representative counter, which may be located in any registered hospital. Show your supervisory your Sehat Insaf Card and explain why you’ve come. After that, the individual will direct you to the relevant department.
The cost of treatment will be deducted from the Sehat Insaf Card after the person has been admitted to the hospital.
In addition, a list of Sehat Insaf Card hospitals is available on the internet.
If you have any questions concerning the application process or the benefits of the Sehat Sahulat Program, or just want to offer them feedback, are the contact details. Kohsar Block, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad, Regulations and Coordination, Ministry of National Health Services.
Phone Number: 0800-09009
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Sehat Sahulat Program open to everyone?
Anyone who meets the program’s qualifying requirements may apply. Text your CNIC number to 8500 is indeed the easiest way of confirming your eligibility.
Could a recipient use the Sehat Insaf Card multiple times?
Your card is used till the monetary limit is reached. Every beneficiary’s financial limit will be updated once a year.
What diseases can the Sehat Insaf card be used for?
This card may be used to cure anybody of illness once a patient is admitted to the hospital. However, you should check with your insurance provider to see if the plan has any exceptions.
Will a kid from a registered household be eligible for this program?
A kid will be eligible for the program if he or she is born to a registered family in an enrolled hospital. If the kid was not born at an assigned hospital, his or her parents can still register him or her in the program by submitting an application and the child’s NADRA Form-B to a hospital’s SSP support desk.
If the card is not used for the entire year, would the user be fully refunded?
Only interior medical treatment and medical services are covered by the Sehat Sahulat Program’s Sehat Insaf Card. If the card isn’t used, the beneficiaries won’t be able to get the money.
We trust that our Sehat Sahulat Programme 2020 guide has answered all of your concerns.
Meanwhile, you may learn more about the Kamyab Jawan Program, Ehsaas Kafalat, and Emergency Cash Programs, and the Pakistan Citizen Portal, by visiting our website.