Govt to Distribute 25 Million Health Insurance Cards: Minister

The government is going to distribute nearly 25 million Health Insurance Cards under its health insurance programme.

The Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Aamir Mehmood Kiani on Sunday said that the government is going to start a health insurance programme in the country and distribute nearly 25 million Health Insurance Cards (HIC) to the poor and needy by the beginning of next month.

During his visit to Benazir Bhutto Hospital, he inquired about the health of the patients and visited different wards.

Later while talking to the media, he said that the government will announce a new health policy soon. He said,

The healthcare system of Pakistan is beset with numerous problems mainly because of the apathy of the past governments towards the health sector. This is evident from the fact that previous governments had failed to develop a national health policy and miserably failed to meet health-related targets.

He said that all out efforts would be made to bring about a change in the health sector since Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) had started giving due preference to health, adding that the party was working to formulate such a policy to deal with health-related challenges.

The minister said that there is a dire need to spend more money on public health. “Basic health centers would also be upgraded to provide relief to the people and efforts would be made to address the issues of young doctors,” he told.

“The government will establish four new hospitals for facilitating the masses,” he said while adding that government hospitals had been facing a shortage of staff since a long time so new jobs would be advertised.

Kiani said that major developments in the health sector would become evident in the near future.

Aamir Kiani said that health was the topmost priority of the government from day one and major developments in this vital area would become evident in near future.

He also said that a nursing school, college, and university would also be established as there was a shortage of nurses in the country.

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