Islamabad - The 3rd National Steering committee for Prime Minister’s National Health Insurance programme (PMNHIP) was convened under the chairpersonship of the Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar at the ministry of NHSR&C on Friday.

The meeting was attended by Federal Secretary NHSRC, Ayub Shaikh, Dr Sania Nishtar (president heart file), provincial/regional health secretaries, provincial focal persons, and representatives from ministry of law and justice, finance, NADRA and GIZ.

Dr Sania Nishter congratulated the minister and the government for the improvement of ratings by Transparency International. She specifically appreciated the commitment and efforts of Saira Afzal Tarar towards health promotion and uplifting of the ministry, in particular the health insurance programme. The director general NHSR&C briefed the members and the participants about the progress on the PMNHIP.

Saira Afzal Tarar said that 22 districts from all over the Pakistan had been identified in the 1st phase and approximately 10 million people would benefit out of the programme in the first phase.

The national steering committee is leading and actively supervising the whole process for smooth launching of the programme. The PC-1 has been prepared and submitted for approval.

It was informed that SOPs had been defined for hospital empanelment and benefit package development. Key process indicators (KPIs) for the scheme have been developed along with log frame for implementation. Provinces have identified districts, focal persons and their mechanisms for implementation of scheme.

The minister appreciated the fact that PC-I for the implementation of the national health insurance programme in a phased manner has been finalised and is presently with planning commission for approval.

Saira Afzal Tarar said that PC-1 would cater to all the population in the country below 32.5 PMT for priority diseases and secondary care for AJK, GB, FATA and federal area for 5 years. The WHO, GIZ and WB have also supported the scheme and are providing active support for various components in different phases. The WHO had sent a high-level mission to Pakistan from Geneva to look at the scheme and appreciated the pace of progress. The WHO in collaboration with the ministry of national health services, regulation & coordination is organising a workshop on health insurance with international experts for all the provinces in Islamabad from 8-10 December 2014 at the Health Services Academy.