In a press conference, the Doctors’ Syndicate revealed a set of recommendations. regarding the new health insurance bill and another training institution for doctors.
Ehab Al-Taher, the syndicate chief, said during the conference: “We refuse the newly suggested health insurance bill as it has substantial flaws that threaten the wellbeing of citizens, medical staff and the entire healthcare system.”
“In case it is passed as is, without implementing the amendments which aim to ensure an adequate healthcare system for all citizens, a lawsuit will be filed against its constituency.”
In his announcement, Al-Taher called on the sub-syndicate members in different governorates to share the syndicate’s concerns on the new bill with the parliamentary members in their cities, ahead of the parliamentary review.
The new health insurance bill aims to provide health insurance to low-income citizens, making use of new medical insurance cards linked to families, rather than individuals.
The syndicate’s concerns are related to funding sources and the quality of public hospitals, in addition the jurisdiction under which fall the institutions expected to supervise the bill.
The health ministry will launch a quality-control authority for hospitals set to be included in the new system. Only those hospitals that have qualified doctors with good salaries, high-quality infrastructure, and high-quality equipment will be included in the insurance system, according to Minister of Health Ahmed Emad El-Din.