“Universal health insurance” is a dream that cannot be postponed despite all global crises

– The new health system covers more than 3,000 various health services… and 12 million medical and treatment services for beneficiaries in 3 governorates

Allocation of 800 pieces of land to establish family medicine units and centers in the governorates according to the third generation system of health care services

“Providing comprehensive and integrated health care for all members of the Egyptian family, a dream that cannot be delayed.” A presidential mandate for all those responsible for the health system in Egypt, especially comprehensive health insurance. Its application in all governorates within 10 years, in a way that contributes to the reform of the health sector, in a sustainable way, and the continuation of work despite all the global economic crises resulting from the “Corona”- pandemic and the war in Europe, which forced the whole world to rearrange spending priorities.

Dr. Mohamed Maaait, Minister of Finance and Chairman of the General Authority for Comprehensive Health Insurance, said that the new health insurance system will be extended to the rest of the governorates of the first phase “Suez, Aswan and South Sinai” before the end of the current financial year, after the experiment succeeded in Luxor and Port Said and expanded to Ismailia, and pointed out that the state’s public treasury bears the financial burden of the disease, with its risks and psychological consequences, on families the most in need of “comprehensive health insurance”, which helps to reduce poverty rates, as the new system covers more than 3,000 diverse health services, between the intervention of Surgical, analysis, radiology, oncology treatment, organ transplantation, prosthetic devices, visual and audio aids, dental treatment, therapeutic and complementary foods, etc.

Maait emphasized that the state aims to provide 100% of medical services by completing the application of the system in all governorates, pointing out that the beneficiaries have the right to freely choose the place of medical service in the approved bodies under the umbrella of comprehensive health insurance.

Hossam Sadiq, Executive Director of the General Authority for Comprehensive Health Insurance, said that the comprehensive health insurance digital transformation project, which is being carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, is progressing well by benefiting from the experiences of international development partners in the medical sector, which contributes to strengthening management and ensuring the overall quality of services delivered to beneficiaries. He explained that the program aims to make it possible to book medical services in the new system through a electronic application on mobile phones, which contributes to the facilitation of the citizens.

Sadiq emphasized that the comprehensive health insurance system is keen to respond quickly and immediately to citizens’ complaints received through the “united complaints” platform in the Council of Ministers, in a way that contributes to the development and improvement of services that provided to beneficiaries, saying: “We received approximately 499 complaints during the period from November 2021 to this July.” Of those, 187 complaints were in Luxor, 279 were in Port Said, and 33 were public complaints, of which 99% were resolved.

In turn, Dr. Ahmed Al-Sobki, President of the Public Authority for Health Care, Assistant to the Minister of Health and Population, and General Supervisor of the Comprehensive Health Insurance Project, said that the project was implemented in the 6 governorates as a first phase, since more than 12 million medical and treatment services have been provided to health insurance beneficiaries so far Comprehensive operation of the system in the governorates of “Port Said, Luxor, Ismailia” with international quality, praising the cooperation with the world. Health organization to complete the comprehensive health reform path in Egypt, including research on strengthening primary health care financing systems in innovative ways, as it is the backbone of services in the comprehensive health insurance system, and the gateway to the individual. The first is to obtain health care services and maintain the general health of citizens.

Last week, a high-level delegation from the World Health Organization, led by Rico Illovino, the organization’s health financing advisor, paid a field visit to the Ophthalmology Specialist Hospital of the Health Care Authority in Port Said Governorate, the first government hospital accredited for ophthalmology and surgery in Egypt in accordance with ESCWA international standards, to evaluate the system of buying and selling services between the Authority Healthcare and the Comprehensive Health Insurance Authority, during which they assess the level of healthcare services provided to citizens under the umbrella of the new comprehensive health insurance, and its positive effect on the development of healthcare in Egypt and its compliance with the latest international standards.

After the tour, Dr. Ahmed El-Sobky held a meeting with the World Health Delegation, during which he discussed aspects of cooperation to complete comprehensive health reform processes in Egypt, strengthen primary health care financing systems in innovative ways and implement incentive packages for private sector participation in the provision of health care services in the encourage new universal health insurance system To integrate health services to beneficiaries, as well as invest in the field of health care in Egypt, as well as discuss mechanisms of cooperation with the organization to complete the path of comprehensive health reform processes in Egypt, and to the leadership of the authority in its health facilities and its application of the latest standards in order to ensure the safety and excellence of the health service provided in its facilities, and to achieve its competitiveness at the regional and international level lacquers.

Rico Illovino expressed his happiness with the development of the health care services system in Egypt, and the management of the comprehensive health insurance system in a way that contributes to the good management of the system and its excellence. For services and electronic referral systems to facilitate the patient’s treatment journey within health facilities and facilitate their access to healthcare services, confirming the organization’s continued support for the development of healthcare in Egypt, as it is a key partner and supporter of the success of any healthcare system is.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Health allocated 800 pieces of land to establish new family medicine units and centers in all governorates of the Republic to include them in the work system of the “Decent Life” initiative, within the framework of the state’s zeal to expand medical facilities, to improve public health indicators for citizens, and to facilitate access to health services to citizens in remote areas in villages and hamlets to the areas most in need. Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the official spokesman of the Ministry of Health and Population, said that the construction and development work of the units and centers is carried out in accordance with the standards of the third generation healthcare levels, which are characterized by the mechanization of all services , as well as linking all units with Central to facilitate follow-up and evaluation of performance indicators of medical staff and workers.

Abdel Ghaffar indicated that in the first phase of the “Dignified Life” initiative, the ministry is working to increase the infrastructure efficiency of 24 hospitals, 1,119 health units and family medicine centers, 372 emergency points and 104 units and centers in the governorates of comprehensive. health insurance at the level of the governorates of the Republic, with the aim of developing Increasing the efficiency of medical services provided to citizens, noting that the governorates of Giza and Menoufia are the highest in terms of completion rates with new construction , comprehensive development and the increase of efficiency, which shows the increase in the number of clinics and the addition of new departments to the functional program of health units and centers, which shows the increase in the number of family medicine clinics in each medical center A family up to 13 clinics, instead of just one, and 18 dental clinics instead of one clinic, in addition to the establishment of clinics (gynecology and ultrasound, children, family planning and counseling, pregnancy follow-up, vaccinations and follow-up children, specialized clinics).

Abdul Ghaffar pointed out that all development and construction work included allocation of places for (medical files for beneficiaries, accounts, administrative offices, offices for the elderly, information security technology, pharmacy shop, health education and awareness, blood sampling, sample collection, sorting) and sterilization, housing for medical staff).

Regarding family medicine units, Abdul Ghaffar said that clinics (family medicine, public health) have been created for the units that have been established or developed, as well as the addition of services (pregnancy follow-up, vaccinations and follow-up children, pharmacy and pharmacy shop, health education and awareness , blood laboratory, taking and collecting samples), and mobile CT scanning cars have been provided to roam around the villages and hamlets, as part of the new services provided by the Ministry of Health and Population within the initiative, which aims to to improve the quality of medical services provided to citizens in rural Egyptian villages and remote areas.

On the ambulance system, Abdul Ghaffar explained that 369 ambulance points in towns and remote areas have been developed and upgraded, and 150 new ambulances have been received out of 1,000 cars that will be received consecutively during the coming period, indicating a fixed design for all ambulances . points according to the available spaces Each point is also divided into a living part for paramedics, and a service part that includes a storage place for nurseries and oxygen cylinders, explaining that the cars are equipped with wireless devices and are connected to the central operating room of the Egyptian Ambulance Authority to achieve rapid response to reports, to ensure the provision of the best emergency services to the people of the towns and hamlets listed within The initiative, as well as to add a fire fighting system, in collaboration with the Civil Defense Authority .

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