For the first time in the history of Pakistan, at least 250,439 patients were treated under the Sehat Card Plus program in public and private hospitals free of cost during the seven months of 2020-21, reported The News.
The majority of patients preferred private hospitals for their treatment; around 174,388 people went to private hospitals and only 76,052 patients were treated in government hospitals. The government has paid an amount of Rs 7.2 billion to different hospitals. The KP government has paid Rs 13.056 billion to the State Life Insurance Corporation during the last financial year and under the agreement, the organization will pay back the remaining amount of Rs 5.856 billion, said the report.
Allocations for the current financial year 2021-22 have been Rs 23 billion for approximately 7.49 million families of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. At least one billion rupees have been allocated for the free treatment of liver transplants. The health coverage of the people of the newly-merged areas has been increased from Rs 72 million to one million to bring them on a par with the rest of the province.