PTI government in Punjab has outsourced the C t scans machines of 17 government hospitals in different districts. The department of primary and secondary health Punjab issued the notification to outsource these machines. The machines outsourced in Jhelum, Chakwal, Layyah, Vehari, Bhakar, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Toba Tek Singh, Rajan Pur, Khushab, Mianwali, Narowal, Okara, Pakpatan and Taunsa Sharif hospitals.
The department of primary and secondary health Punjab sends the notification to all the Medical Superintendents (MS) of these hospitals to implement the outsource policy. The patients will now be charged minimum Rs 2500 per scan. The free C T scans now become the history even in the government hospitals.
The government is claiming that it is outsourcing the medical services in government hospitals to improve the services. The other reason given is the issuance of Sehat cards to the people. Punjab government already has increased the rates of different tests at district and tehsil head quarter hospitals up to 200%. The Health cards are issued to the few thousand people so far in the province but free or cheap health facilities has been withdrawn from the poor people.
Most of these districts are relatively poor and backward compare to other districts of Punjab. Most of the people depend on government hospitals for medical treatment. It is becoming very difficult for poor people to get medical treatment without having Health card.
The government should review its health policy in Punjab as it causing difficulties and problems for poor population. The PTI government promised to overhaul and reform the health sector but instead it is taking away the already prevailing facilities. The government should provide health cards to every family in Punjab before introducing policies of outsourcing and increased charges.
It was generally believed that Punjab health minister Dr. Yasmeen Rashid will improve the services at government hospitals as she understands the health system. She served nearly three decades in government hospitals and knows everything about government health system. But she hasn’t been able to make any visible difference so far. The only difference is that tests and scans have become expensive and free medicines have become dream of the past.
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