ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday launched the Naya Pakistan Qaumi Sehat Card scheme for the residents of Islamabad and said Pakistan would “set an example” for the world through this Rs450 billion welfare initiative.
Under the scheme, all families in Islamabad, Punjab, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Talpaca will receive free medical care in government and private hospitals, Radio Pakistan reported.
The card will enable each household to access healthcare facilities of up to Rs 1 million per annum.
“We will be an example to the world of what a welfare state is,” he told the participants of the ceremony, where Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar, Special Assistant to PM on Health Faisal Sultan, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, and others were present.
“This will prove as a defining moment in improvement of healthcare services in Pakistan,” he said.
In Pakistan, he said, the launch of such a facility was a “landmark step” to accommodate people bearing the burden of expensive medical treatment.