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Pakistan

Not rolling back Sehat card, says Punjab caretaker health minister

  • Govt says it remains focused on delivering effective and efficient healthcare solutions to the people of Punjab
Published July 2, 2023

Punjab interim health minister Professor Dr Javed Akram on Sunday refuted the reports that the provincial government was rolling back the Punjab Sehat Card programme initiated by the PTI government, Aaj News reported.

Addressing a press conference along with the interim information minister Aamir Mir, Dr Javed Akram highlighted “indiscrepancies” in the health card programmme, saying bogus heart surgeries were carried out under the health insurance facility.

“The health card facility was massively misused. People became billionaires with corruption in Sehat Card,” he said.

Sehat Card Scheme: the bigger picture

The interim health minister’s presser comes in response to the reports of suspension of heart ailment treatment on the health card at private hospitals.

The minister, however, refuted the news, saying the interim government was ensuring uninterrupted access to these services for patients.

Dr Javed Akram emphasised that the government is negotiating a new contract with the Punjab State Life Insurance Company to make further improvements to provide enhanced facilities to the public through the health card system.

“The government remains committed to delivering the benefits of the health card to the original beneficiaries without closing or limiting access to cardiology services,” he said.

As the negotiations progress and improvements are made, the government remains focused on delivering effective and efficient healthcare solutions to the people of Punjab, he added.

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Rebirth Jul 02, 2023 08:38pm
With the 3 billion dollars wasted on these health cards, dozens of multi-faculty universities alongside general hospitals with almost all departments could’ve been built. Existing public hospitals that already provide free healthcare services could’ve also been improved dramatically. We could’ve expanded our research, medical equipment manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries in the process. But preference was given to help private hospitals that already use government-run hospitals to run tests and keep 100% of the patients’ fees. We were told that we will get new leaders, who will improve our healthcare because of their own experience of running a single-department charity hospital. We were convinced that unlike our past, supposed leaders who go abroad for their treatment, the new PM gets world-class medical treatment at his own hospital. He was supposed to have brought these transferable skills and improve all public hospitals like he had apparently done for public schools in KP.
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