Egypt provided 7 mln free medical treatments 2021-2023

Ahram Online , Wednesday 8 Nov 2023

Egypt provided 7.1 million medical treatments to its citizens free-of-charge from November 2021 through October 2023 at the cost of EGP 32.5 billion, the Ministry of Health and Population said on Wednesday.

 Ministry of Health
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The ministry provided these services to nearly 3.2 million citizens, according to the ministry’s statement.

These treatments covered various specialties, including hematology, oncology, otolaryngology, surgery, gynaecology, internal medicine, urology, orthopaedics, as well as dermatological and neurological conditions.

The presidential decision doing so is meant to provide comprehensive health services to its citizens, especially those in need, at the expense of the state.

The patients were treated at ministry-affiliated hospitals across the country, in cooperation with university hospitals, private hospitals, and charitable organizations, the statement explained.

Dr. Mohamed Zeidan, the director of the General Directorate for Specialized Medical Councils, listed some of the private entities partnering with the government: the Scientific Association for Cancer Patients Care in Fayoum, Fayoum Oncology Hospital (Charitable Medical Association in Fayoum), Shifa Al-Orman Foundation for Cancer Treatment in Luxor, the Association for Cancer Patients Care in Gharbia, Al-Gawad Foundation (Nas Hospital), Children's Cancer Hospital 57357, Egyptian Liver Hospital in Dakahlia, and Bahia Oncology Hospital.

Zeidan noted that the wait time for treatments was no more than a week and no more than 48 hours in emergencies.

Digitalization played a major role in providing the treatments, with approval issued electronically and the patients notified via text message.

He also highlighted that the official website for inquiring about treatment decisions is accessible through the health ministry’s electronic portal, using the patient’s national ID number.

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