The healthcare landscape in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is once again marred by uncertainty as the insurance company responsible for Sahat Sahulat Cards has issued a notice to halt treatment in the province's hospitals.
This move follows previous interruptions in health card services, despite government assurances of debt repayment.
The insurance company, as per their notice, has ordered panel hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to cease admitting new patients using Sahat Sahlaah Cards from October 19.
While this decision has stirred apprehension among citizens, it is not the first time that healthcare services for cardholders have been disrupted.
Previously, the provision of treatment through Sahat Sahlaah Cards had been suspended on multiple occasions.
Each time, the government's commitment to clearing the outstanding debts led to the resumption of health care services.
However, the recurring disruptions have cast doubts on the sustainability and reliability of the healthcare support system in the province.
The Sahat Sahlaah Card initiative, aimed at providing access to quality healthcare for the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was lauded for its potential to alleviate financial burdens on citizens during medical emergencies.
Yet, the frequent interruptions have raised concerns about the long-term viability of the program.