Egypt's Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar speaking during the fourth annual forum of the Egyptian General Authority for Health Care on Sunday, 26 November 2023 (Photo: The Egyptian Health Ministry)
Abdel-Ghaffar made his remarks while attending the fourth annual forum of the Egyptian General Authority for Health Care.
The event was titled ‘The Future of Healthcare in the New Republic: From Reform to Excellence.’
The six-phase healthcare scheme started experimentally in Port Said in 2018 and later expanded to Luxor, Ismailia, South Sinai, Suez, and Aswan.
The UHIS was scheduled to cover all governorates by 2032 but -- per presidential directives -- the project will be completed nationwide by 2027.
Egypt has been scaling up efforts to develop healthcare infrastructure, including upgrading clinics and hospitals as well as constructing new health units nationwide.
In the first-phase governorates, more than 31 million medical services have been provided to citizens, said Ahmed El-Sobki, head of the General Authority for Health Care and director of the health insurance project, during today’s event.
Additionally, 21,000 training programs have been provided for all medical teams in these governorates, and 157 health facilities were accredited per international standards.
Furthermore, all health units have been digitized while more than 85 percent of hospitals in the first-phase governorates have been included within the UHIS, El-Sobki added.
The total cost of the new scheme is expected to hit EGP 210 billion ($13.38 billion) annually once the entire population, estimated at over 100 million citizens, registers in the new system.