Despite the province-wide ‘Sehat Insaf Programme’ launched during the last tenure of the PTI government, the incumbent government has decided to initiate another health programme titled as ‘Ilaj Sahulat Plan’ (treatment facilitation plan) as a pilot project in the province.
The Plan will be launched in four districts of the province as a pilot project. If it proves to be successful, then it will be extended to other parts of the province.
The new plan is being launched by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government in association with the National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) and State Life insurance company, said Adviser to K-P Chief Minister on Education Ziaullah Bangash while addressing an inaugural ceremony for the plan in Kohat on Sunday.
The minister said that the PTI-led government has issued the Sehat Insaf Cards to residents in different parts of the province. “In a few weeks, the government will be handing the Ilaj Sahulat Plan card to 800,000 needy people.”
The Sehat Insaf Card programme will remain intact while we are launching the ‘Ilaj Sahulat Plan’ to facilitate KP’s citizens in four districts and provide them with the best health care services. The four districts include Kohat, Malakand, Mardan and Chitral.
He added that the government had already inked an agreement with the NRSP and the State Life insurance company.
The minister said that under the plan, a family will have to pay [a premium of] just Rs. 2,550 a year, and they will be provided with health services worth upto Rs. 30,000 at hospitals across K-P while they can also avail ambulances that cost Rs. 1,000.
The KP government had launched its flagship Sehat Insaf Cards in August 2016 and the programme was to cost the government Rs. 5.2 billion over two years, covering nearly 1.8 million families. The card works at 102 designated health facilities across the province, including public and private hospitals.