Prime Minister Justice (R) Nasir-ul-Mulk was briefed today about the Prime Minister's National Health Program

July 20, 2018

Islamabad, 20 July 2018:

Prime Minister Justice (R) Nasir-ul-Mulk was briefed today about the Prime Minister's National Health Program at Prime Minister’s Office. 
Secretary National Health Services Capt. (R) Zahid Saeed made a detailed presentation on the concept, scope and outreach of the Program. The Prime Minister was informed that the Program was catering to health expenditures of the poor families living below poverty line of US $ 2 per day by providing them free indoor health care services in various public and private health facilities. It was informed that so far 3.2 million families in 38 districts across the country have been registered as beneficiaries of the Program. 
The meeting was informed that financial support of Rs. 250,000 per family was being provided annually under the Priority Disease Package to include serious illnesses such as heart diseases, burns and accidents, dialysis, chronic infections complication, organ failure management and chemotherapy/radiotherapy/surgery. The Secondary Care Package, amounting to Rs. 50,000 per family per year, caters to health issues such as maternity services, transportation cost and referral expenses etc. It was further informed that the support amount and the scope was being enhanced under Phase-II of the Program. The entire population of the country would be covered under the Program by the year 2021, the Secretary told the Prime Minister. 
The Prime Minister, while appreciating the overall concept of the Program, observed that the Program has transformed the concept of provision of health cover to the poor and would, ultimately, be instrumental in achieving the goal of Universal Health Coverage which is an important pillar of National Health Vision 2016-2025.