Maat put forward a draft law for comprehensive social health insurance

Maat put forward a draft law for comprehensive social health insurance

"Fifty thousand pounds, a fine for negligence and the closure of private medical institutions in the event that any patient refuses."

“Health insurance is compulsory and the state bears contributions for those who are unable


The Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights has developed a proposed law “Comprehensive social health insurance”, And the draft is the second you produce "Public Policy Analysis and Human Rights Unit", Affiliated to the Foundation  It works as an independent think tank to develop a set of policies, legislations and laws in line with international human rights standards and Egypt's obligations to the UPR 2014.

It is worth noting that the draft law was developed based on a high-level meeting that hosted a group of parliamentarians, representatives of political parties, representatives of civil society organizations, legal researchers, representatives of the Doctors Syndicate, the Ministry of Health and a group of pharmacists and media professionals. The round table discussed the principles and main texts proposed for a draft law “Comprehensive social health insurance”, Which was developed by the Foundation as part of a major action plan that adopts new policies consistent with what was approved by the new Egyptian constitution, and Egypt's commitments to the universal periodic review. The Foundation also sent the final draft of the law to the Egyptian Parliament, the Ministry of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and the Council of Ministers.

Where the draft law was amended based on the recommendations that came out of the round table, and the proposed draft included a vision for a comprehensive social health insurance system in Egypt, provided that the system is compulsory, based on social solidarity, and its umbrella covers all citizens, and the state bears its burdens on those who are unable. The family is the main unit of insurance coverage within the system.

The draft law suggests that the current government hospitals may not be closed or sold, and the private sector may not participate in them in any way or privatize them on the grounds that they do not achieve quality standards, and the draft law obliges the body responsible for these hospitals and care agencies to raise their quality to achieve the required quality standards.

In order to ensure adequate funding for the authority, the draft proposed collecting 2% of the value of every minute from the current mobile networks or new networks, 1% from private sector and investment companies exempt from 7% for social responsibility, and 1% from the annual proceeds of private funds.

The draft law is part of a draft "The Universal Periodic Review as a Tool to Improve Public Policies", Which is implemented by the Foundation with funding from the European Union over two years. Which seeks to enhance the role of the universal periodic review to improve public policies and reform human rights in Egypt by actively involving civil society organizations, activists and media professionals in following up and calling for the necessary reform of human rights, in addition to adopting new policies compatible with international human rights standards based on the results of the 2014 universal periodic review. The project activities target 5 main regions, which include: Canal region, Sinai and East Delta region, Central and Western Delta region, Greater Cairo region, North Upper Egypt region and Southern Upper Egypt region.

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