MAAT presents a draft law on: “Comprehensive Social Health Insurance”
“Neglecting is punishable by fifty thousand pounds fine along with shutting down private therapeutic institutions in case of turning down patients” are the most prominent sanctions
“Health insurance is compulsory and the state endures the unable subscriptions”
MAAT for Peace, Development and Human Rights developed draft law for “Comprehensive Social Health Insurance”,where the draft law is the second to be issued by the “the Policy Analysis and Human Rights Unit”, working as an independent think tank on developing a set of policies, legislations and laws consistent with the international standards for human rights and Egypt UPR commitments 2014.
The draft law was developed based on a high level meeting hosted a selected group of MPs, representatives of political parties, civil society organizations, Doctors Syndicate, and Ministry of Health, along with pharmacists and media professional. The roundtable discussed the key principles and provisions of the proposed Comprehensive Social Health Insurance draft law, which the Foundation sought to develop as part of an integrated action plan that aims to adopt new policies that are compatible with Egypt’s UPR obligations. The draft law was sent to the Parliament, Ministry of Political and Parliamentary Affairs, and the Cabinet.
The draft law was amended based on the roundtable recommendations, including a vision for Comprehensive Social Health Insurance system in Egypt, to be compulsory, based on social solidarity, covers all citizens, and the state pays for the unable and the family is the main unit of the insurance coverage inside the system.
The draft law proposes that current governmental hospitals shall not be sold or shut down, nor involving private sector in these hospitals in any form or privatizing them for not living up to the quality standards, the draft law also obliged the competent entity and care entities to elevate their quality to achieve the required quality standards.
And to ensure the sufficient funding for the institution, the draft law proposed collecting 2% of the value of the current and future mobile phones companies, 1% of the private sector and investment companies exempted from 7% taxes for social responsibility, and 1% of the annual revenue for private funds.
It is worth mentioning that the project referred to above is seeking to strengthen the role of the Universal Periodic Review to enhance public policies and reform human rights in Egypt through the involvement of civil society organizations, activists and media figures effectively in the follow-up and call for essential reforms for Human Rights, in addition to the adoption of new policies in line with international human rights standards based on the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review in 2014. The activities of the project target five main regions: Canal , Sinai , and East of the Delta, Central and West Delta, Greater Cairo, northern Upper Egypt, the South Upper Egypt.
You can visit the official page of the project for more information and updated news on: https://www.maatpeace.org/CoO09
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