ISLAMABAD: The federal government has made progress on expanding its flagship welfare scheme Sehat Insaf cards to other parts of the country following the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Prime Minister Imran had ordered concerned authorities to provide details regarding the issuance and outcomes of the cards.
Reportedly, the government has completed its target of the issuance of cards in the newly-merged tribal areas where citizens are using their computerized national identity cards (CNICs) for availing free healthcare facilities provided by the government.
A citizen told reporters that he is grateful for getting a free medical treatment facility following the initiative of the premier. He said that he is getting medical facility through the health insurance card which was previously not possible due to heavy fees of doctors and hospital expenditures.
Moreover, 62 percent of people belonging to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have also received the free medical treatment facility under the scheme which is allowing them to get free medical facilities till February 2020.
The premier directed to expand the scheme to all parts of the country by distributing Sehat Insaf Cards among needy people till 2020. The cardholder will get Rs720,000 health allowance while getting treatment from the government and private hospitals.
In September, Special Assistant to the PM on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan had said Sehat Insaf Card and Ehsaas program are the government’s practical steps to help the deprived, poor and needy and bring them onto the path of economic and social prosperity.
Awan said under the vision of Prime Minister Khan these cards will be distributed among 15 million people in the next two years.
She said a total of 10.5 million families will benefit from Sehat Insaf Card. She added the needy will be provided free medical treatment in government hospitals up to Rs 720000 rupees under one Sehat Insaf Card.