Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan’s healthcare system will soon witness a “major revolution.”
Speaking at the launch of Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC)’s online system, the prime minister said the country’s healthcare system is about to experience changes people have not yet realised.
“I congratulate the PMC on inaugurating an online system,” the premier said, adding that the government will fully support the PMC for its success equals the success of the country’s healthcare system.
He said the revolution in Pakistan’s healthcare system will be spearheaded by the Sehat Insaf health card, which would provide universal health coverage to all citizens.
Speaking of the health card’s successful launch in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, PM Imran said all citizens in Punjab will soon reap the benefits of the system by the end of this year.
“Even wealthy countries do not have such systems right now,” he said.
The health card offers protection to more than 50% of the population who are unable to afford treatment for several illnesses, he said, adding that the card will benefit those who do not have buying power.
He said that private hospitals will also be incentivised to operate in remote areas with the introduction of the card, adding that the government is incentivising the private sector for duty free import of medical equipment which is not available in Pakistan.