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Egypt: Universal health insurance system started

The Egyptian Ministry of Health announced on 1 September that the new comprehensive health insurance system has started in the coastal governorate of Port Said, to offer better health services to citizens.

The governorate is the first to benefit from the new universal health insurance system, reported Ahram Online. The pilot stage of the scheme was implemented in Port Said from 1 July to 31 August.

The new system will cover all governorates in the country by 2032.

Among the medical services to be provided in the new system are open-heart surgery, bone-marrow transplants, kidney and liver specialities, neurology and micro-surgery.

The second phase will start from 2021 to 2023 in Luxor, Matrouh, Red Sea, Qena and Aswan. The third phase, from 2024 to 2026, will be in Alexandria, Beheira, Damietta, Sohag and Kafr El-Sheikh.

The fourth, from 2026 to 2028, will be in the Beni Sweif, Assiut, Minya, New Valley and Fayoum governorates. The fifth phase will start from 2029 to 2030 in Daqahliya, Sharqiya, Gharbiya and Menoufiya. The last phase will be from 2031 to 2032 in Cairo, Giza and Qalioubiya.

Source: Middle East InsurancecReview

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