PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Mahmood on Friday officially launched the third phase of the extension of the Health Card Plus Scheme to the entire population of the province.
Apart from provincial cabinet members and government officials, members of parliament and the media attend special ceremonies organized for this purpose.
Under the third phase, the scheme has expanded to 100 percent of the population in six districts, including Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda, Swabi, Nowshera and Haripur, said an official leaflet.
With the completion of the third phase of outreach, 10.4 million residents of the district will be provided with free medical care at registered public and private sector hospitals.
It should be noted that in the first two phases of counseling, the Health Card Plus was given to all residents of the Hazara and Malakand areas.
Responding to the launch event as the main guest, the main minister called the Card Plus Health Scheme as the current government’s flagship program and initiative of the poor.
He said the extension of the scheme for the entire population of the province was an important step towards Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of the welfare state, adding that the scheme would ensure the provision of free care facilities to all people in the province without discrimination. .
Mahmood khan said by the end of January 2021, the scheme would roll out to a percent of the population across the province, adding that the government spends around 18.00 billion rupees on the scheme annually.
He said the scheme had been extended to 100 percent of the population in the newly merged district but with a lower coverage of Rs. 600,000 per household per year.
Mahmood Khan announced that from the new fiscal year, the annual coverage of Rs 600,000 for the combined districts will also be increased to one million rupees to match the completed districts. He stated that for the greater benefit of the provincial community, the KP government has decided to get kidney and liver transplants under the Health Card Scheme.
“Sehat Card Plus is a scheme that is not only intended for free medical treatment but is a complete package of social protection,” he said.
He added, in addition to providing free medical facilities to the community, the scheme would help reduce poverty in the province and improve people’s lives.
Previously, when responding to the inauguration ceremony, the Minister of Health KP, Taimur Saleem Jhagra said that with the expansion of the scheme to all residents of the Malakand and Hazara areas, patient admissions at the Malakand and Hazara regional government hospitals have increased.