Nov 9, 2021 – Islamabad: Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar, SAPM on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation and Dr. Faisal Sultan, SAPM on National Health Services co-chaired a meeting to review the Ehsaas Catastrophic Health Expenditure Policy which is on the anvil. The policy will dovetail Ehsaas Tahafuz programme with the Sehat Sahulat programme of the government. Barrister Nabeel Ahmed, Additional Secretary, Ministry of National Health Services; Niaz Muhammad Khan, Senior Joint Secretary, Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division (PASSD); Muhammad Arshad, CEO Sehat Sahulat programme; Rashid Shafiq, Director General, Ehsaas Tahafuz programme; and other senior officials of Ehsaas also joined the meeting. The meeting took place at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. Under Ehsaas Tahafuz, the patients facing catastrophic health expenditures will be identified, who will then be assessed by the digital system, and if eligible, will be granted funding. In this fiscal year, Ehsaas Tahafuz is being upscaled across 14 public sector hospitals of the country. Currently, Ehsaas Tahafuz is fully operational in one hospital of Rawalpindi.