3.1 million Poorest of the poor families will benefit from PM National Health Insurance Program

2015-09-16

Minister of State, National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Ms. Sara Afzal Tarrarand Minister of State / Chairman, Privatization Commission of Pakistan, Mr. Mohammad Zubair, have jointly chaired a “Proposal Evaluation Meeting” of Prime Minister’s National Health Insurance Program on 16th September 2015. The meeting was also attended by Secretary (NHSR&C), Director General (NHSR&C), representative from PM Secretariat, representatives from provincial health departments, ministry of Finance, Law and Planning and representative from partners organization including representative of the German Embassy.

The meeting was convened to evaluate the proposals submitted by 3 shortlisted 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 Program. These companies were shortlisted in December 2014 as a result of nationwide publicized “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, 65% weightage was given to the scoring of technical proposals while 35% weightage was given to financial proposals. Whole process of proposal evaluation was endorsed by program’s National Steering Committee and was conducted keeping in view the standards setforth by Public Procurement Regulator Authority (PPRA)of “Quality and Cost Based Selection” criteria.

While answering the questions raised from various sections, Madam Minister informed the participants about the vision of Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan of providing universal health coverage for all people of Pakistan, especially poor families living below poverty line. She also explained that through Prime Minister’s National Health Insurance Program 3.1 million poor families (19 million individuals), living in 23 districts of Pakistan, with daily income of less than 200 Pakistani rupees, will be provided access to free in-door health care services. She also explained that the State Life Corporation of Pakistan insurance company, which is selected today through open and transparent bidding process, will be given a task of enrolling program beneficiaries, empaneling hospitals and providing health insurance services to the enrolled families.

She also informed that the districts included in this first phase of the program 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.