Health Ins Cards to bring re­lief for poor peo­ple: Alvi

The Financial Daily - - CONTINUATIONS -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Pres­i­dent Dr. Arif Alvi says gov­ern­ment is tak­ing all nec­es­sary steps to im­prove the health sec­tor.

Ad­dress­ing a health sym­po­sium or­ga­nized at PIMS in Is­lam­abad on Fri­day, he said so­cial cush­ions like health cards will bring about a vis­i­ble change in the lives of peo­ple as they will not have to worry for ex­pen­di­tures dur­ing any ill­ness.

The Pres­i­dent said medicine is a no­ble pro­fes­sion that serves the hu­man­ity and so­cial stand­ing of doc­tors needs to be im­proved. He em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of med­i­cal re­search for im­prov­ing the health­care sec­tor.

The Pres­i­dent ap­pre­ci­ated the role of Health Minister Amir Mehmood Kayani for bring­ing vis­i­ble improvements in his min­istry. He also con­grat­u­lated the ad­min­is­tra­tion and staff of PIMS for ex­pand­ing the fa­cil­i­ties at hos­pi­tal.

Ad­dress­ing the cer­e­mony, Minister for Na­tional Health Ser­vices Aamir Mah­mood Kiani said the health card scheme will be launched to­day (Satur­day). Un­der this scheme, twenty to twenty five mil­lion poor seg­ments of the so­ci­ety will be pro­vided with health cards.

The Minister said that the health bud­get which is cur­rently 0.67 per­cent of the GDP will

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