By Yasyn Mouhir
By Yasyn Mouhir
Rabat – The Health Minister Houcine El Ouardi announced on Monday October 5, 2015 during a press conference in Rabat that prices of expensive medical devices will decline “before the end of 2015”.
The press conference following the presentation of the draft of the National Health Service and the priorities of health department in 2016.
El Ouardi said that this drop will primarily concern the price of about 1,000 expensive medical devices.
The Minister explained that the adjustment will begin with a reduction of prices for third generation medical devices, which could mean a reduction from 28,000 and 32,000 MAD for a machine to 10,700 MAD. He highlighted that the price of the equipment exceeded the purchase power of citizens.
El Ouardi stressed the need to encourage national laboratories to develop a treatment of “viral hepatitis C”. It is believed that this treatment will provide more than 625,000 Moroccan patients with low price medication with the possibility of benefiting from full coverage for the medicine.
On the other hand, the Minister addressed the law that will implement health coverage for students starting in the current academic session (2015-2016). This law falls within the implementation of the government program for 2012-2016, which also planned on covering liberal profession and self-employed workers so as to achieve universal health coverage.
The Minister said that the Health Ministry allocated 1 billion MAD for the promotion and development of medical equipment of affiliated public health institutions in remote areas.
Edited by Miriam El Ofir
© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission