Pictures of Patients Made Mandatory for Sehat Card

In order to ensure transparency, the State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan has suggested that the health authorities photograph patients admitted to hospitals under the Sehat Sahulat Program.

The requirement to take a patient’s picture will be required starting on April 25, according to a notice that was published here on Saturday.

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It is recommended that all health facilitators (HFs) take a picture of the patient before admission to improve the gatekeeping mechanism and transparency regarding patients treated under the Sehat Sahulat Program.

For identification management and records of patients admitted under health cards, it is advised that all panel hospitals set up a webcam at the HFO Desks.
All health facilitators would make sure to take pictures using the built-in webcam at the health desk and avoid using cell phones.

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If a patient is experiencing an emergency or is unable to visit the HF’s counter prior to admission, a photograph may be taken with their permission; however, admission will never be permitted without capturing identity.

When the K-P government ordered all hospitals to stop accepting new patients because of unpaid dues, the State Life stopped providing care under the Sehat Card. This sparked a controversy.

This led to a lot of issues for the general public and attracted a lot of criticism on social media.

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