World Health Organization confirms its support and technical assistance for National Health Insurance Programme
Islamabad, July 02, 2014 (PPI-OT): This was informed in a high-level meeting chaired by MoS for HSR and C Saira Afzal Tarrar and was attended by the architect of the NHIP and Chairperson, Prime Minister’s Youth Programme Maryam Nawaz Sharif and the members of the technical mission of WHO, here today.
WHO’s high-level technical mission delegation headed by Country Representative to Pakistan, Dr. Nima Saeed Abid and flanked by Dr. Sameen Siddiqui, Dr. David Evans and Dr. Eudaro Banzon expressed the commitment and assurance for providing technical support to the unprecedented NHIS in Pakistan.
As per commitment made and fulfilled by Pakistan at the 60th WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Committee’s meeting in October 2013, a high-level technical mission has agreed to study Pakistan’s health care initiative in detail and provide necessary methodological and technical support to the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination for the smooth rolling out of the scheme across the country including FATA, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Under the NHIS, the federal government would append the health insurance premium for the tertiary-level health cover in addition to the secondary insurance cover provided by the provinces. Cashless and superior tertiary health insurance cover would be provided by the federal government to the poorest of the poor across the country which would eventually cover more than 100 million people for intricate surgeries and the cure of life threatening diseases at the district level public and private empanelled hospitals in a phased manner.
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