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Morocco PM: Government Seeking to Provide Country’s Medical Needs

Morocco PM: Government Seeking to Provide Country’s Medical Needs

Wednesday, 19 June, 2019 - 08:30
Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine al-Othmani. (Reuters)
Rabat - Asharq Al-Awsat
Morocco’s medical sector suffers from “a shortage in medical, semi-medical and specialized medical supplies,” admitted Prime Minister Saadeddine al-Othmani.

The government is seeking measures to provide the country’s health needs and is aware of the challenges facing the medical sector, he said during a national debate on health financing organized by the Health Ministry.

He stressed the need to address the shortage in available financial and human resources.

Over the last two years, Morocco has made a great effort to raise the health budget by 16 percent and is prepared to continue enhancing the sector’s potential in the coming years, remarked Othmani.

The Premier stressed the need to link the financing of the sector with better governance “to ensure optimal employment of human and material resources in the health field,” urging the adoption of an integrated social and economic approach.

He called for the creation of new mechanisms to ensure the financing of the system through a partnership between the public and private sectors.

Othmani therefore, called on the participants in the national debate to hold an extensive and transparent dialogue to discuss the best methods to finance the system.

Minister of Health Anas Doukkali pointed out that the main objective of the debate is to mobilize the collective intelligence to prepare the strategy, through the contribution of all partners, which will in turn develop a roadmap that will establish a comprehensive vision for the future funding of the health sector.

Doukkali said the strategy would provide viable technical solutions, taking into account political considerations, to address major issues in the health sector financing system.

The minister expressed the government's belief in the importance of coordinating efforts between different partners in order to formulate a national strategy for financing the system through sharing experiences and successful practices.

He stressed that the national debate is an opportunity to achieve this goal.

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