Members of the medical staff at the infectious diseases unit of the Imbaba hospital in the capital Cairo, gather for a break on April 19,2020, during the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. (AFP)
Egypt’s Ministry of Finance approved on Tuesday a number of measures easing the rules for the payment of financial dues by the health sector amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait said in a statement that individuals are allowed to pay government dues either in cash or electronically for public, university, and teaching hospitals in addition to specialised medical centres and hospitals that belong to state economic authorities until the state’s preventative measures to contain COVID-19 pandemic end.
Dues that exceed EGP 500 were to be paid electronically as of 23 April, but the COVID-19 outbreak has precluded applying that action, according the statement.
“It is unappropriated to ask individuals to pay such dues electronically while All capacities and facilities of the Egyptian health sector are dedicated now to countering the COVID-19 pandemic and curb its impacts,” Maait said.
According the statement, applying the electronic payment and collecting system has contributed to enhancing government collection procedures, which has been reflected in improved public fiscal management, upgraded economic indices and making payments easier for citizens.