Egypt’s universal healthcare system to cost over EGP 360 bln: Minister

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Sep 2023

The anticipated cost to extend health insurance coverage to all Egyptians under the Universal Healthcare Insurance System (UHIS) surpasses EGP 360 billion, with the average cost per person amounting to EGP 3,000, Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait stated on Thursday.

General Authority of Health Care


Highlighting the progress of the initiative, Maait, who also serves as the Head of the General Authority for the Universal Health Insurance System, announced that Egypt has successfully implemented the "comprehensive health insurance" system for all citizens in three governorates.

He further noted that the project is set to expand its first phase to all governorates in the coming months.

"Through the UHIS, Egypt has achieved the dream of having integrated, affordable, and reasonable healthcare," Maait said.

The project's inception dates back to December 2019 in Port Said, where President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a directive calling for the establishment of a comprehensive, high-quality national health insurance system.

This project is the fruit of close collaboration between the private sector and the government. Earlier this month, Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar signed four agreements with international pharmaceutical companies on behalf of Egypt's public healthcare system.

The government plans to increase healthcare spending by 15 percent in the fiscal year 2023/24, as previously emphasized by Minister Maait in June 2023.

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