State Life Insurance Corporation, through an open and transparent bidding process, has been selected to implement Prime Minister’s National Health Insurance Programme in coordination with the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination.

About 3.1 million poorest of the poor families of 23 districts will benefit from this programme and will be provided access to free health care services under the programme in the first phase.

Minister of State, National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Siara Afzal Tarrar and Minister of State/Chairman, Privatisation Commission of Pakistan, Mohammad Zubair jointly chaired a “Proposal Evaluation Meeting” of Prime Minister’s National Health Insurance Programme on Wednesday.

The meeting was convened to evaluate the proposals submitted by 3 short-listed insurance companies, State Life Corporation of Pakistan, Jubilee General Insurance and Adamjee/Alfalah (Consortium), to Ministry of NHSRC for Prime Minister’s National Health Insurance Programme. These companies were short-listed in December 2014 as a result of nationwide publicised “Expression of Interest (EOI)” by the ministry.

During the two-day meeting, all submitted technical proposals were evaluated by the nominated evaluation committee while the financial proposals were opened on its last day, in front of representatives from media, insurance companies and government officials. Due to the complicated nature of the initiative, 65pc weightage was given to the scoring of technical proposals while 35pc weightage was given to financial proposals. Whole process of proposal evaluation was endorsed by programme’s National Steering Committee and was conducted keeping in view the standards set forth by Public Procurement Regulator Authority of “Quality and Cost Based Selection” criteria.

The govt has committed to the principles of Universal Health Coverage and will be approaching this goal in a phased manner as per the commitment and vision of PM Nawaz Sharif, remarked Saira Tarar.

She explained that through Prime Minister’s National Health Insurance Programme 3.1 million poor families (19 million individuals), living in 23 districts of Pakistan, with daily income of less than Rs200 per day, will be provided access to free in-door health care services.

The State Life Corporation of Pakistan insurance company, selected through an open and transparent bidding process, will be given a task of enrolling programme beneficiaries, empaneling hospitals and providing health insurance services to the enrolled families.

The districts included in the first phase of the programme are Narowal, Khanewal, Sargodha, Rahim Yar Khan, Shikarpur, Badin, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sanghar, Mardan, Malakand, Kohat, Chitral, Quetta, Loralai, Lesbela, Kech, Muzaffarabad, Kotli, Diamer, Skardu, Bajaur Agency, Khyber Agency and ICT. The programme is technically supported by German Development Cooperation and WHO.