ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has approved the Ehsaas Catastrophic Health Expenditure and Ehsaas Tahafuz Policy aimed at ensuring universal health coverage for citizens, especially in times of natural calamities.

Through this policy, a fund-based health financing system has been put in place which will complement the insurance-based Sehat Sahulat programme to protect people from catastrophic health expenditure.

Ehsaas Tahafuz is primarily premised on coverage principles to complement the government’s existing, Sehat Sahulat programme, and plug in any gaps.

“Given the current landscape and the importance of protecting the vulnerable, there was a need for a programme to act as a complementary initiative to the health insurance programme, which addresses the gaps to ensure no one falls into poverty due to healthcare expenses,” Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar said on Thursday.

Presiding over the review meeting of Ehsaas Tahafuz at the Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division, Dr Nishtar said Ehsaas Tahafuz had been introduced to provide coverage specifically against catastrophic health expenditures to vulnerable communities.

The programme works in partnership with public hospitals that identify patients requiring financial support. Patients identified are then assessed by Tahafuz against an eligibility criterion. For eligible patients, hospitals are directly reimbursed for pre-defined treatment costs.

Ehsaas Tahafuz system is paperless, mobile-phone centered and technology-based. Its automated workflows, supply-chain management, tracking and time-shaping and pre-configured rules for eligibility ascertainment help to overcome abuse and mistargeting of social protection funds.

Published in Dawn, April 1st, 2022

Opinion

Editorial

More than economics
Updated 05 Oct, 2022

More than economics

Ishaq Dar’s appointment is but a sign of the paradigm shift in economic policymaking.
Dens of corruption
05 Oct, 2022

Dens of corruption

MOST prisons in Pakistan are a microcosm of the inequitable and exploitative world outside their walls. A probe by...
Football tragedy
05 Oct, 2022

Football tragedy

SPORTS arouses the rawest of human emotions. Football is no exception — in fact, the passions on display at...
Cipher inquiry
Updated 04 Oct, 2022

Cipher inquiry

Inquiry will likely end nowhere, or, worse, be used as a tool of victimisation.
Further delay?
04 Oct, 2022

Further delay?

KARACHI Administrator Murtaza Wahab’s announcement that the second phase of Sindh’s LG polls — primarily...
Losing to England
04 Oct, 2022

Losing to England

AFTER tantalisingly close finishes in the fourth and fifth matches against an England side visiting the country for...