INSPIRE Pakistan

Informing the Social Health Protection Initiative through Rigorous Evidence


Background: the Social Health Protection Initiative

What is SHPI?

In Pakistan, where more than 48 million people live under the national poverty line, health-related expenditures are a major cause of economic shock for poor families. More than half of all the money spent on health comes out of patients’ own pockets. In the absence of social health protection schemes which make health services affordable, many of Pakistan’s poorest citizens simply do not seek care when they fall ill.

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