A number of hospitals have stopped offering services under the government’s Sehat Card program as a result of payment concerns, according to reports.
It is also the case that the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) Cardiac Center has been unable to implant stents for more than one week since a vendor refused to offer a supply of stents due to non-payment of invoices in excess of Rs100 million.
Sajid Shah, a spokesperson for the Ministry of National Health Services, on the other hand, stated that he had not received any complaints regarding non-payment of bills and that citizens who were experiencing difficulties could contact the ministry.
Citizens can benefit from medical services such as open-heart surgeries, stent implantation, cancer management, neurosurgical procedures, burn management, accident management, dialysis, intensive care management, deliveries, C-sections, and other medical and surgical procedures up to a maximum of Rs1 million per family, per year, through the Qaumi Sehat Card and Sehat Sahulat Program.
The facility is available at over 600 empanelled hospitals throughout the country for those who have health cards.
Since the introduction of the health card facility in 2015, the State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan has been in charge of the cards, and it was awarded the contract for the next three years last year (2022 to 2025).
At the moment, the whole population of Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan is eligible for free treatment under the program.