News Middle East27 Sep 2020

Egypt:Panel formed to study private insurers' possible role in nascent universal health insurance scheme

| 27 Sep 2020

The Comprehensive Governmental Health Insurance Authority has formed a committee to study the proposals of the Insurance Federation of Egypt (IFE) regarding the participation of the private medical insurance industry in the country's universal health insurance system.

Mr Ihab Abul-Magd, a board member of the Comprehensive Health Insurance Authority, said this is especially when private health insurers can provide auxiliary services that complement services provided by the state, reported Al Mal.

Mr Abul-Magd, who is also president of the Egyptian Association of Healthcare Management Companies, said that the market for medical insurance and healthcare in Egypt is large and growing rapidly.

The IFE has expressed interest in its members participating in the universal health insurance scheme, even as the law enabling the universal scheme was being drafted and after the government began in July 2019 to implement the programme. There have been discussions between the private medical insurance sector and the Comprehensive Health Insurance Authority over the framework for cooperation.


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