Rabat- Around 770,000 diabetics are granted access to healthcare facilities in Morocco, said Minister of Health Anas Doukkali, responding to a question posed by Istiqlal party about healthcare system in the country during the council meeting held in Rabat on Tuesday, April 24.
Doukkali revealed that 60 percent of patients currently benefit from the national Medical Assistance Program (RAMED) and more than 380,000 diabetics receive free insulin therapy, while 40 percent of patients take other medications.
The health minister underscored that the budget for the purchase of diabetes medicines increased by 49 percent between 2014 and 2016, as did the increase in the rate of medical assistance beneficiaries, up to 770,000 from 226,000 between 2005 and 2017.
Addressing cardiovascular diseases, Doukkali points to the progress of the 2018-2021 RAMED program for the prevention and control of diseases, which aims to increase the availability of health facilities by 20 percent by 2021 to prevent heart disease-related death.
In this context, Doukkali commended the notable progress of Lalla Salma’s foundation dedicated to fighting cancer by encouraging the early diagnosis and prevention.
Furthermore, Doukkali discussed the ministry’s plan to increase the availability of emergency services in public hospitals and rural areas by encouraging private-public sector partnerships.
In a recent announcement, Doukkali pledged to devise a health insurance system to cover approximately 90 percent of the population by 2021, with a special prioritization for low-income patients.