Equipment in a room of a public hospital after renovation to be part of the Universal Health Insurance in Ismailiyah governorate - Press Photo
CAIRO - 19 September 2019: Officials at the Universal Health Insurance Authority told Egypt Today that the system will be introduced in Ismailiyah governorate as a pilot phase starting January 2020.
The number of hospitals to be part of the system is seven while that of medical units has not been decided yet. The officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said that 16 medical units and centers are being developed and equipped to start operation within the new system at the designated date.
The Ministry of Health and Population has developed Abou Khalifa Hospital at a budget of LE273 million, and is finalizing the renovation works in Ismailiyah General Hospital at a cost of LE316 million.
The ministry is also modernizing Al Qasasin Central Hospital and Al Tal Al Kabir Fever Hospital. The latter is being revamped to specialize in the treatment of digestive and liver diseases at a budget of LE529 million.
Abou Khalifa Hospital is operating partially as a number of surgeries was carried out there. The hospital serves the residents of Suez Canal governorates and North Sinai. It was open prior to AFCON 2019 - held two months ago - to receive possible emergency cases when matches in Ismailiyah and Suez took place.
The capacity of the hospital is 111 beds, including 13 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). It consists of five operating theaters, an emergency room, four labs, CT scan unit, two X-ray devices, three sonar devices, blood bank, hostel facility, and an auditorium for conferences and lectures.
The Universal Health Insurance was first introduced in the country as a pilot phase in Port Said governorate last July through seven hospitals and 11 healthcare units.
CAIRO - 3 August 2019: The Ministry of Health and Population announced on Saturday the progress achieved on the Universal Health Insurance System since it was launched a month ago in Port Said governorate where the pilot phase is taking place. At 22 health centers and units, 28.3 percent of the governorate's citizens have registered themselves and their families.