Health Minister Hala Zayed - File photo
CAIRO - 12 July 2018: Upon directives from President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the Health Ministry announced on Thursday launching the national health insurance project at a cost of LE 18.2 billion.
According to the ministry, the first phase of the project will be executed in Port Said at a cost of LE 1.8 billion.
Also, a sum of LE 5.6 billion was allocated to treat Hepatitis C.
President Sisi asserted his keenness on improving the health sector and related services nationwide, especially those provided to low-income brackets, as well as eagerness to finalize the health insurance system project.
To this end, the leader launched on July 6 a number of measures to reform the health sectors.
He directed officials to launch the first phase of the national plan of comprehensive health insurance.
The first phase would include eliminating patients’ waiting lists within six months, developing 47 hospitals nationwide and maintaining strategic stocks of vaccines, and infant formula.
Also, making medical checkups for 45 million people and providing the treatment for those infected with Hepatitis C in two years.
The new health care plan will be applied first in Port Said, followed by Suez, Ismailia, North and South Sinai.
The project aims to reform the whole health system based on scientific research and with the help of partners from governmental and non-governmental organizations.
They also aim to stabilize a system of sustainable learning and development of the performance of all health workers.