News Middle East18 Oct 2020

Egypt:Universal health insurance system to be launched in Luxor next

| 18 Oct 2020

The Ministry of Health is seeking to stay on track in its plan to implement the new universal health insurance system (UHI), announcing recently that it would soon introduce the plan to Luxor governorate.

The system was first launched in a pilot scheme in Port Said in July 2019. It provides health coverage for all citizens in the country, including vulnerable groups who are subsidised by the government.

Mr Ahmed El-Sobky, chairman of General Healthcare Authority and director of the health insurance project, has reviewed final preparations in hospitals, health centres and medical units in Luxor to ensure their readiness to implement the trial phase of the new health insurance system in the governorate, reported Al-Ahram Weekly.

“More than 700,000 citizens of Luxor governorate, representing around 47% of the governorate’s population, have been registered in the system,” Mr El-Sobky said.

He said that the trial in Luxor includes dividing the governorate into seven health directorates. Within them, 67 health establishments will include 59 health centres and units, in addition to eight hospitals equipped according to international standards to guarantee comprehensive and professional medical services.

Luxor is the second of six governorates where the new health insurance system will be set up during the first phase of launch. Port Said was the first. The first group of governorates includes Ismailia, South Sinai, Suez, and Aswan.

Overall, the system is being implemented in six phases, from 2018 to 2032, with Cairo targeted as the sixth and final phase.


 


 

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