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Minister of Health: The bill on the management of health establishments was discussed in Parliament in a democratic manner

Minister of Health: The bill on the management of health establishments was discussed in Parliament in a democratic manner

Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Health and Population, confirmed that the bill on the management of health establishments was discussed in Parliament in a democratic manner and that the differences of views on this subject are ” a healthy question,” noting that the simple Egyptian citizen is the one who benefits from the implementation of this law.

Dr. Abdel Ghaffar said – in a special interview this evening on the program “Le soir avec Qaswa” presented by journalist Qaswa Al-Khalali, on the CBC satellite channel – that according to the constitution, the State is responsible, through the Ministry of Health, to provide quality health care to all citizens, and this is a constitutional provision to which we are committed, emphasizing that the State, through the existing health insurance system, and not the new one that was put in place. in place since the 1960s, has insured around 69 million citizens.

The Minister of Health and Population indicated that every citizen has a health insurance card through which, in case of illness or health need, he can go to insurance clinics, including transfer to the hospital to carry out the necessary examinations or operations. at the expense of Health Insurance without incurring any charges. The citizen has no financial burden.

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Dr. Abdel Ghaffar revealed that there would soon be a contract proposal with a foreign system, which is one of the most prestigious oncology treatment establishments in France, in cooperation and partnership with the Ministry of Health to provide equal health care to citizens, and from there the idea of ​​the bill was born.

Regarding those in seasonal occupations, those unable to do so, and those not working in government or state-affiliated jobs, Dr. Abdel Ghaffar said the state sponsored their treatment with what he called “treatment decisions at state expense”. “In Egypt, patients who receive treatment at public expense are distributed according to their rights.” »

Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Health and Population, added that the new health insurance system, launched in Port Said Governorate in 2018, as part of the presidential initiative, is based on state-owned and other health facilities. to the private sector, as long as prices do not change and the one who bears the costs is a system. The General Authority for Comprehensive Health Insurance is the entity that foots the bill.

Abdel Ghaffar indicated that the health insurance system, since its creation, has been launched in 6 governorates, and that we are currently working in 5 other governorates, and that during the year 2032, the rest of the governorates of the Republic will be completed, noting that the “processing system” relies on state participation alongside the private sector, which is Success Partners.

He stressed that the Health Facilities Bill aims to regulate the mechanism for granting the commitment of public establishments and the participation of the private and civil sectors in the provision of health services to all citizens.

He explained that offering existing health facilities to the private sector constitutes an incentive framework in terms of the investment environment, instead of creating new facilities for which the State is responsible. The Health Facilities Bill gives the private sector investment advantages to grow and expand. provide better services to citizens, and the bill is not only for the participation of the private sector, but also for the private sector, emphasizing that the private sector is capable of managing health facilities more precisely and more efficient.

The Minister of Health and Population added that the private sector, with its administrative experience, can contribute to solving the difficult conditions of treatment establishments, and can develop them by equipping them with devices and equipment and appointing distinguished medical staff. The citizen is the one who benefits from distinguished and quality medical services, and bears no expense.

Regarding the role of the State in supporting private investments in the management of hospitals or in their creation as a complement to these hospitals, Dr. Abdel Ghaffar explained that many procedures were presented to the Council of Ministers and that many procedures have been completed to support this trend, through the presence of usufruct lands in all Egyptian governorates, which are offered through the Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Communities, to investors in order to to encourage them to invest in the health sector, emphasizing that the State and other countries around the world cannot, on their own, provide sufficient health services to all their citizens.

He continued that the Ministry of Health sends contracts to government hospitals, university hospitals and the private sector with the aim that the citizen receives appropriate treatment without costing anything regarding their treatment, stressing that whoever pays for the treatment is the one Ministry of Health through the health insurance system or treatment at public expense.

He pointed out that the state is injecting hundreds of billions of pounds to support the new health system and treatment facilities, and when it offers public facilities to the private sector, the aim is to develop them.

The minister added that the doctor needs training and qualification, that is why the Egyptian Health Council was created and this matter represents a qualitative leap, recalling the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to study the conditions of doctors and to reconsider their financial compensation, which is what has already been done.

He explained that the human element is the basis of the delivery of health services and therefore we strive to control all aspects of the gaps in the system that could hinder the progress of their work, stressing that the “medical staff” constitute the national wealth of Egypt.

Abdel Ghaffar stressed that the medical liability law was finalized after lengthy dialogues and consultations and will guarantee the rights of the patient and the doctor. He said: “With the participation of the Doctors Union and relevant authorities, we have completed the preparation. a new medical liability bill and it will be presented to Parliament in the coming weeks.

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