On Sunday Khyber Pakhtunkhwa initiated its universal health insurance program called the Sehat Sahulat card. The first phase of the program covered Chitral, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Malakand, Swat, and Shangla districts, while the second phase was extended to Abbottabad, Mansehra, Battagram, Torghar, and Kohistan districts.
The third phase covered Haripur, Swabi, Mardan, Buner, Nowshera, Charsadda, and Peshawar districts. Currently, the fourth and last phase now extends to the whole population of Kohat, Hangu, Karak, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, and Tank.
The PTI government launched the first phase of the Sehat Sahulat Programme in 2015, in which three percent of the population (100,000 families in four districts) of the province received healthcare insurance.
Both public and private hospitals designated by the programme will now provide free treatment to residents of the province. State Life Insurance Corporation, which has been selected after a competitive bidding process, will be paid Rs2,849 per family annually.
In a tweet on Monday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, “Congratulations to KP govt for making KP first province in Pak with Universal Health Coverage for all KP-domiciled citizens.” He added that 40,000,000 residents are covered with free health insurance. “Free treatment up to Rs1,000,000 per family per year in over 400 government and private hospitals across Pakistan,” he stated.