Healthcare in Pakistan

Healthcare in Pakistan varies considerably, depending on a number of factors. Those living in larger cities will find that the healthcare available is adequate, whereas in rural areas it can be of an extremely poor standard.

Efforts to upgrade the healthcare system in Pakistan have been put into place, with a universal healthcare programme underway, but it is yet to show considerable improvement. 

Emergency response is unreliable, with limited numbers of ambulances. In the event of an emergency, taking a taxi or driving to the hospital can often be a wiser option.

Public healthcare in Pakistan

While Pakistan offers both public and private options, most expats opt for the latter. There are government-run hospitals that are low-cost and offer basic medical treatment, but the standard is often very low.

Private healthcare in Pakistan

Pakistan has a number of expensive private medical facilities, most located in the urban areas of Karachi and Lahore. It is highly recommended that expats take out comprehensive private health insurance that includes provision for the possibility of emergency medical evacuation to a nearby country.

Below is a list of private hospitals in Pakistan.

Doctor’s Hospital
Address: 152-G/1, Canal Bank, Johar Town, Lahore

Farooq Hospital
Address: 262-263 West Wood Colony, Thokar Niaz Baig, Lahore

Indus Hospital
Address:  C-76, Sector 31/5, Korangi Crossing, Karachi

ITTEFAQ Hospital
Address: H Block, Model Town, Lahore

Saifee Hospital
Address: ST-1, Block-F, North Nazimabad, Karachi

Health hazards in Pakistan

Malaria is a risk in rural areas, and polio and dengue fever are common too. Expats should take the necessary precautions, including being vaccinated before leaving for Pakistan, and should avoid drinking tap water. 

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