Health sector contributes 0.45% to national GDP and out of the total PKR 134 billion expenditure on health, 30% is made on health care development. Punjab contributes 45% to the total expenditure on health, the largest share amongst provinces. Currently the public health care system comprises about 1,167 hospitals, 5,695 dispensaries, 5,464 basic health units, 675 rural health centers, 733 mother and child health centers and allied medical professionals i.e. Doctors, nurses, midwives and pharmacists.
Government of Punjab (GoP) is also investing significantly into the health sector through various activities, which include; expansion of family welfare centers (FWCS), recruitment of community based family planning workers (CBFPW), activation of mobile service units (MSUs), up gradation of family health centers for training, reorganization of regional training institutes, establishment of new family health clinics, establishment of provincial warehouse, and strengthening of population welfare training institutes . Moreover, programs like Punjab AIDS Control Program (PACP) and Punjab Health Sector Reforms Program (PHSRP) are also steps taken towards better healthcare.
Pakistanâ€²s population is on the rise and the government requires public private partnership to cope with the increasing health demands. This gap provides ample opportunities for investment especially foreign investment in research institutions (medical education) to help improve healthcare standards.