Universal Health Coverage and Social Health Insurance in Pakistan

Universal Health Coverage and Social Health Insurance in Pakistan

Event details

  • Tuesday | 28 Dec, 2021
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online

December 12th every year is celebrated as Universal health Coverage Day by World Health Organization. Theme of this year was "Leave no one's health behind: Invest in health systems for all". It marks the anniversary of the United Nations' historic and unanimous endorsement of universal health coverage in 2012. Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people receive the health services they need, including public health services designed to promote better health, prevent illness, and to provide treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care of sufficient quality to be effective, while at the same time ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship. SDG 3.8 is UHC & is composite of two indicators – 3.8.1 on coverage of essential health services and 3.8.2 on the proportion of a country’s population with catastrophic spending on health, defined as large household expenditure on health as a share of household total consumption or income. Both must be measured together to obtain a clear picture of those who are unable to access health care and those who face financial hardship due to spending on health care. Global target 80% of population will be covered under Universal Health Coverage and Pakistan target is 65% by 2030. To achieve UHC, Pakistan has adapted a set of costed priority interventions referred to as UHCBP based on the DCP-3. To achieve UHC, increase access to quality health care services and protect against catastrophic health expenditure, an amount of Rs. 1.28 trillion is required as per resource gap analysis (2019-20) supported by the World Bank/ Global Financing Facility. The government commitment is Rs. 477 billion and donors’ support is Rs. 102 billion. The gap is of Rs. 841 billion which is required to spend on health sector to progress towards achieving UHC. Pakistan needs to invest more in the health sector to improve social protection and the health of population, preferably through public sector. Pakistan is providing social health insurance in 65 districts covering 18million families with universal coverage in KPK and AJK. this is for indoor facilities and priority diseases and maximum limit of treatment is one million rupees/family / year through 500 empaneled hospitals. Universal health coverage along with sehat sahulat program and SHPI combined is the promise to improve health of people of Pakistan though with many challenges. Team at Center for Health Policy and Innovation CHPI part of SDPI, has identified challenges to achieve universal Health coverage including capacity, accessibility, and financial allocations & protection by the government. Ver important private health sector involvement, covering more than 50% of population can be promised to share the cost and provide timely health coverage with equity. 

Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__GR4lanaT7yZzyh0S_2K_Q
Moderator: Dr. Razia Safdar, Senior Advisor, Center for Health Policy & Innovation- SDPI
Panelists:

Dr. Palitha Mahipala, WR Pakistan.
Dr. Sameen Siddiqui, Associate Professor & Section Head, Agha Khan University.
Dr. Malik Muhammad Safi,  Former Director General Health, MONHSR&C.
Mr. Arshad, Chief Executive Officer, Sehat Sahulat Program.
 Dr. Abid Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI

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