Private health care: faster and better, or just faster and available?

Peshawar: Faiqa Bibi, 48years of age, was rushed to the nearest District Headquarters hospital, Gujjar Khan. She was brought to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) unconscious and bleeding through her nose. According to the family, Faiqa was coming down the stairs carrying some luggage and tripped. Upon hearing her cry, they rushed to find Faiqa lying on the floor.

The accident happened in her village in Gujjar Khan, a one-hour drive from District Rawalpindi. According to the available staff at Emergency, Dr. Hameed, “the patient is in a very critical condition with a head injury. We do not have enough services therefore are referring her to DHQ Hospital, Rawalpindi.” The family faced the same dilemma many Pakistanis struggle with in the midst of a health crisis: whether to opt for public or private care for a loved-one. The family in distress immediately arranged a private ambulance and took her to Rawalpindi District Headquarters Hospital.

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About Aasia Niazi 3 Articles
Aasia Niazi is an ICT professional working with Development sector as IT and Knowledge Management expert. She has completed her education from Pakistan as well as holds a Masters degree from Sweden. Currently she is working with development sector as Data Manager, on a UNHCR funded project. Being a part time blogger and social media manager, she thinks this program will polish her skills to produce better data stories and blog posts.

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