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PESHAWAR: The well being division is about to signal contracts with two personal hospitals without spending a dime liver transplant of the residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa amid plan to incorporate Shaukat Khanum Memorial Most cancers Hospital and Analysis Centre without spending a dime remedy of every kind of most cancers beneath Sehat Sahulat Programme.
“We might be inking agreements with two personal hospitals, one every in Islamabad and Lahore, without spending a dime liver transplant of the individuals of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Charges could be finalised quickly after which sufferers with broken liver would have the ability to endure cashless transplant in each the well being services,” officers at well being division informed Daybreak.
Based on them, to date 6,030,000 sufferers have been handled beneath the free remedy programme costing Rs16 billion because the initiative started in 2015 initially protecting three per cent inhabitants in 4 designated districts of the province.
The programme was prolonged to 51 per cent after which 69 per cent inhabitants of the province and in November final yr. The federal government has now begun provision of free well being protection to all the inhabitants of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Plan afoot to incorporate SKMCH in scheme
“Now every of the 7.469 million households of the province stands entitled to hunt remedy as much as Rs1 million freed from value in any of the 523 hospitals, together with private and non-private countrywide and 163 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” stated officers. They added that the programme coated all the foremost ailments.
Officers stated they have been within the course of to incorporate SKMCH within the record of empanelled hospitals of SSP as so many individuals needed to hunt remedy for most cancers there. “SKMCH has very strict coverage concerning choice of sufferers for remedy however we’ve got requested it to change the coverage so we are able to enter into settlement with the ability. The federal government is raring to have SKMCH on the panel and allow the individuals to obtain high quality remedy there,” they added.
Throughout the first tenure of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the well being division had expressed want to take SKMCH on the panel of hospitals however the plan couldn’t see mild of the day as a result of it might have induced political controversy. “For the reason that hospital was established by Imran Khan, whose PTI was in authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, due to this fact, the authorities involved didn’t finalise the settlement for concern of criticism from opposition events,” stated officers.
They stated that they have been receiving requests from the sufferers to offer them with free providers at SKMCH. “Subsequently, we’ve got held preliminary assembly with the officers involved. The SKMCH would focus on our requests for modification of coverage in its inner conferences as a result of we pay for each affected person no matter age and hope that the hospital would accommodate our sufferers,” stated officers.
They stated that beneath the SSP, no affected person may very well be excluded from free remedy because the programme was began on humanitarian grounds to offer providers to all.
Presently, SSP has eight hospitals for most cancers remedy, together with 5 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one every in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore however given the repute of SKMCH, the sufferers need to be despatched there without charge providers.
“Persons are requesting cashless providers in SKMCH however they aren’t entitled to remedy as a result of we’ve got not signed contract with the hospital,” stated officers.
Printed in Daybreak, October 11th, 2021
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