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Health Indicators Reflect Worsening Situation Over Years: Report

Health-Care Penalty Will Surprise Many

Just by providing clean potable water and proper sanitation to the people we can get rid of diseases like diarrhoea, dysentery, gastroenteritis, typhoid, hepatitis etc and fiscally challenged country can save billions of rupees, which are being consumed by the treatment of the very diseases. It said an effective vaccination programme, if carried out properly, could eradicate polio, tuberculosis, whooping cough, diphtheria, measles, smallpox, hepatitis, typhoid, meningitis, pneumonia, mumps, rubella etc for good. Unfortunately, health and education are not priority areas of our governments, it said and demanded that the government adumbrate a people-friendly health policy, increase the health budget, concentrate on preventive healthcare, eliminate corruption, honour merit and demonstrate a political will to address the issues of health and education in the country on a priority basis. It said that 2015 was round the corner yet Pakistan was many miles away from achieving the targets set under the millennium development goals. The report said dengue incidence was phenomenal in 2013, in Swat and Sindh in particular, with a combined 55 deaths. It said Pakistan was among the countries where the highly infectious viral disease was endemic. The report showed 72 polio cases for Pakistan last year, 21 less than what the WHOs figures show, yet it said the incidence was much more than Nigerias 50 and Afghanistans nine cases. It said Pakistan had the highest under-five mortality rate in South Asia, which was 86.5 per 1,000.

Roberton Williams, a TPC fellow, explained that the $95 applies only for relatively low-income households. For higher-income families, the penalty is 1% of income, minus certain adjustments, up to the average national cost for getting basic insurance coverage, known as "bronze" coverage. That will cost about $3,600 per adult plus $1,900 per child in 2014, Mr. Williams said. The penalty will rise in later yearsto 2% of taxable income with a minimum of $325 in 2015, and 2.5% of income but at least $695 in 2016 (again capped at the average annual premium for bronze plans). Elsewhere on the ACA front, the administration allowed insurers to continue selling plans that don't meet the law's more rigorous standards, until 2016 in some instances. It was the second time the administration delayed that requirement after the law's standards prompted insurers to cancel millions of people's health plans last year.
Health-Care Penalty Will Surprise Many

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