Only 16.2 million (46.6 percent) of Morocco’s 34.8 million people have healthcare coverage.
Rabat- The figure comes from the latest High Commissioner for Planning (HCP) report based on employment data from 2017.
According to the report, a number of factors increase the likelihood individuals have healthcare coverage: being female, living in a city, being 60 or older, and in a household headed by a male—or more importantly, by a person with a higher education degree.
Women are slightly more likely (47.6 percent) to be covered by healthcare insurance than men (45.5 percent).
Urban dwellers are more likely (53 percent) to be insured than those in rural areas (35.5 percent).
Moroccans aged 60 and above also have much higher coverage rates (56.7 percent) than younger people, especially those aged 15-29 (37.1 percent)
The healthcare coverage rate is 47.4 percent for Moroccan households managed by males and 41.1 for households headed by females.
The rates vary the most drastically based on the educational levels of household heads. Households whose heads do not have a degree are far less likely (39.3 percent) to be covered than households whose heads have higher education degrees (78.2 percent).
HCP indicates that 10.7 million people were employed in Morocco in 2017, and of these 4.6 million are covered with healthcare insurance.
The government plans to cover 90 percent of the Moroccan population with health insurance by 2021. The current health system, the Medical Assistance Plan (RAMED), has been in place for six years, along with Compulsory Health Insurance (AMO).
In May, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pledged to support Morocco’s ambition to extend health insurance to low-income and disadvantaged people.