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National Health Care System for Pakistan

Aug 8

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

SDPI Seminar Hall, 38, Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad


The Health sector in Pakistan
has largely been ignored and therefore has failed to deliver to the needs of
the country’s citizens. Since Pakistan’s
creation, investment on health has never been above 1% of GDP.Not much progress
seems to have been made since independence as it can be seen by the expenditure
on health of just Rs.0.35 per person per day. Health indicators demonstrate a
poorer state of health in Pakistan
today than any part of the world with the exception of Africa.

In the light of the poor state of the Health sector in
today, the seminar seeks to explore the vision of a new National Health Care
System for Pakistan (NHSP). The new NHSP is envisioned to be completely
autonomous with a plan for stewardship, provision of health care services, and
resource generation. The governance structure of this new NHSP will help
empower health professionals in decision making. The most important feature of
this system would bethe groundbreaking resource generation plan. This plan
would involve each citizen of Pakistan
and be able accumulate Rs. 324 billion annually. This new reservoir of
resources along with the existing resource heads would help in reducing the
financial barrier to universal health care delivery and could possibly provide
financial risk protection.

Under the new NHSP plan, population based distribution
of the health care facilities would be the proposed strategy to attain the”
health for all” goal and to address the rural urban disparities, inadequacy and
other barriers to health care delivery. A comprehensive health unit would be
established for each subset of the population. The new NHSP plan would have
other important components such as a Health Management Information System,
Medical Courts, Health Accountability Bureau, and Pakistan Medical
Council.  The Proposed NHSP is a solution for all stakeholders including
general public, health care providers and the government. It is envisioned to
provide free medical care to all of its premium holders across the county at
the place and time of use. 



Chair: Dr Sania Nishter, President, Heart File, Islamabad

  • Dr Ghulam Asghar Abbasi, Chief Health, Planning Commission of Pakistan
  • Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi, National Professional
    Officer for Program Development/TB Control World Health Organization (WHO)
    Pakistan, Islamabad
  • Dr Saleem, Post Graduate Resident Cardiology,
    Punjab Institute of Cardiology
  • Mr Iftikhar Ahmad,
    Consultant, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)