KP health cards distribution begins

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Peshawar—The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Monday began the distribution of health insurance cards across province. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak formally launched the distribution process by giving away cards to couples of deserving families in a ceremony held here.
The cards will be issued to more than 1.8 million households across the province. As many as eight members of per house hold will be entitled for free medical treatment, and thus 1.4 million individuals of the province will be covered under the programme.
Initially the program was launched in four selected districts of the province including Kohat, Mardan, Malakand and Chitral with the financial assistance of the German Government. Keeping in view the utility and need of the scheme, the provincial government now included it in its Annual Development Program and extended it to the entire province.
The free medical treatment covered in the scheme include hospital services normally provided at secondary and tertiary level such as Medicines, General Surgery, Gynae and Obstetric, Ophthalmology, Accident and Emergency treatment and ENT etc whereas some more diseases will also be covered under the scheme later on.
Free medical treatment facilities under the scheme can be availed from designated hospitals of both public and private sectors.
More than half of the population of the province will directly benefit from the scheme. This two year schemes will cost Rs 5.00 billion which will be regularized by the provincial government through proper legislation.—APP