Another blow for Health Card beneficiaries
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has reduced the healthcare card benefits, lowering the treatment facility from less than 1 million to 600,000 rupees.
For secondary treatment on the health card, it will be 200,000 rupees, and for priority treatment, it will be 400,000 rupees. The provincial government has also depleted the reserve fund of 2 billion rupees for additional healthcare expenses.
As a result, patients will now have to bear these extra costs themselves. During the current fiscal year, 24 billion rupees have been allocated for healthcare cards.
The provincial government is charging an annual premium of 2,854 rupees per family for the health card, but they have also discontinued the free treatment facility for kidney and liver transplantation on the health card.