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Egypt Pledges 'Comprehensive Health Insurance' Plan Despite Challenges

Egypt Pledges 'Comprehensive Health Insurance' Plan Despite Challenges

Wednesday, 22 September, 2021 - 06:45
An employee wearing a protective face mask, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walks next to beds at the Ain Shams field hospital prepared to receive COVID-19 patients in Cairo, Egypt June 16, 2020. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed pledged on Tuesday to continue to implement the comprehensive health insurance system for citizens, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic at all levels.

“Our country has set a great example in preserving the health of its citizens during the coronavirus pandemic, while achieving growth rates, development and sustaining the economy,” Zayed said.

During her speech at the opening of a number of national projects for the development of the Sinai Peninsula, the Health Minister announced the inauguration of a comprehensive health insurance system in the two governorates of South Sinai and Suez.

She said the development of infrastructure and information in the health insurance system has so far cost the State more than 51 billion pounds, explaining that the ministry has provided more than 6 million health services and more than 82,000 advanced surgeries in these governorates.

Zayed stressed that the modernization of the system included the development of organizational structures and the issuance of several financial and administrative decisions by the Prime Minister regarding the transfer of assets and medical staff, and the improvement of the financial and economic system.

“All of this resulted in the development of many health units and hospitals,” she said, explaining that the number of workers in the comprehensive health insurance system exceeded 11,000.

Regarding the mechanization of the health care system, Zayed said that digital transformation is key for the health insurance system and includes two components: first, the mechanization of services and second the mechanization of financial claims to ensure the efficiency of work and services.

Meanwhile, Egypt continued to register an increase in the number of daily COVID-19 infections with 679 cases recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 297,608.

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