Government diverts health budget to insurance companies, says Bilawal

GAMBAT: Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, has described the incumbent government’s Sehat Insaf card as a theft of the health budget that offers public money to private insurance companies. He inaugurated the bone marrow transplant institute at the Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences,

Bilawal said the PPP came up with the Waseela-e-Sehat card to help those most in need. Mian Sahab changed the name to PM Health Card and now PTI calls it Sehat Insaf Card. “We had offered it to the poor but the PTI one offers Rs 5-6 lakh subsidy to private hospitals,” Bilawal lamented. Their current health card is a steal from the health budget as this money will be given to private insurance companies. “If you use your finances properly, you can also create world-class hospitals like Gambat,” he said. “The budget of three institutes set up by the Sindh government alone, including Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences, SIUT and NICVD, is more than the budget covered by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s health card.” The selected government can better manage the health sector if part of this money is given to the poor and the rest is used in the budget of public hospitals.

Earlier, Bilawal inaugurated bone marrow transplant institute at Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences and reiterated his vision to provide free healthcare to all parts of Pakistan. He announced that bone marrow transplant treatment at Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) is now 100% free. He said that citizens suffering from thalassemia can be greatly helped and cured by bone marrow transplant. Bilawal also announced the launch of a rapid response emergency facility at GIMS to deal with serious injuries from the increasing number of car accidents. He said other such centers would be opened in other cities to provide the best possible treatment for victims of fires and accidents. “Gambat as of today is the medical capital of Pakistan,” the PPP chairman said. “I challenge all provincial governments in the country to build a hospital-like Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences, where free liver, kidney, bone marrow and cancer treatments are provided,” the president said. of PPP.

He claimed that they wanted to offer the best treatment facilities for free at people’s doorsteps. “If we can provide free cancer, liver and kidney transplants in Sindh, we can also expand this initiative to the rest of Pakistan.” “Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s vision was to improve the nation’s healthcare system and save the lives of elders. This is our vision of Pakistan,” Bilawal said. “We want health care to be completely free, so that no one is left without treatment for lack of means. To achieve our goal, we have made significant investments in tertiary care hospitals.

Bilawal claimed that Sindh broke the national record by providing 550 free liver transplants to patients across the country. Of these, 52% came from Sindh, 29% from Punjab, 15% from Balochistan and 3% from KPK. Bilawal said that Punjab also has a liver and kidney institute which performs transplants, but the number of patients from Punjab treated at Gambat is much higher than in the home province.

Kristan F. Talley