Parliamentary amendments require a “health care card” for all Moroccan citizens

The Committee on Education, Culture and Social Affairs of the Chamber of Councilors is preparing to approve the framework bill No. 06.22 regarding the national health system.

Parliamentary groups and groups in the House of Councilors placed their amendments to the draft in the office of the Education, Culture and Social Affairs Committee in preparation for a vote on it.

In this sense, the kinetic team in the Council of Advisors presented a set of amendments to the project, with the aim of improving it.

The modifications of the kinetic equipment included the stipulation to ensure a strategic stock of medical supplies, ensuring pharmaceutical sovereignty and the availability, safety and quality of medicines and medical devices; This is in implementation of the actual directives at the opening of the current legislative year.

The reforms also included the need to involve public and semi-public institutions, as well as state and territorial authorities, to achieve the objectives stipulated in the draft framework law, and to provide a “care card” to citizens that authorizes the treatment. for each citizen in various regions regardless of the regional course of treatment; This is to avoid the limited effect of the “RAMID” card, which is limited to a regional framework, while noting the lack of the same health facilities in various regions.

To encourage doctors to work in remote areas, the Kinetic team suggested adding the field criterion in the salary estimation, in order to create the attractiveness of medical frameworks to work in difficult areas and with a shortage of human resources for the Health.

For its part, the Social Justice Group presented a series of amendments to this project, in terms of form and content.

The reforms of the Social Justice Group included the removal of the stipulation that people who wish to benefit from health services in the private sector must go through a general practitioner, considering that this procedure will be a burden for vulnerable groups.

The same reforms also stipulated the need for “health institutions, each according to its purpose, to provide prevention, ambulance, transportation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation services, whether or not hospitalization in the health institution is required.” .

The same group considered that the ambulance and transportation are among the health services that health institutions should work to develop, as operations that are at the core of service provision.

In addition, the amendments of the Social Justice Group stipulated that “the national health map must be periodically evaluated at least once every three years, to reconsider the general trends adopted in it, and the effectiveness and efficiency of downloading it.”

The Committee on Education, Culture and Social Affairs of the Chamber of Councilors is expected to announce in the coming days the date for voting on this project which, according to the Government, “will create a revolution in the field of health”.

The Minister of Health and Social Protection considered, during his presentation of this project in the Plenary of Councilors, that it is a structured reform project, and “a revolution in the Moroccan health sector, given that it is above all a materialization of the real will ask, in more than one season, a radical reform of the national health system.” and made the reform of the health sector one of the urgent initiatives that must be undertaken”.

The government had submitted the draft framework law related to the national health system after it was approved by the Council of Ministers chaired by King Mohammed VI on July 13.

The bill begins the framework with a preamble that states that promoting the health sector, working for its development and increasing its performance, is a shared responsibility between the State, the territorial authorities and public institutions on the one hand, and the private sector. , civil society, and professional and static bodies on the other hand.

The preamble of the project considered that the profound reform of the national health system is an urgent need and a national priority within the priorities of the general policy of the State aimed at valuing human capital and health care for citizens as a requirement prior and essential for the success of the desired development model.

The bill requires the State to preserve the health of the population and protect it from diseases, epidemics and threats to their lives, and to ensure that they live in a safe environment.

For this purpose, the State works to facilitate citizens’ access to health services and improve their quality, and to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of the treatment offer throughout the national territory; It is also working on the territorial organization of the health offer in the public sector and improving its governance through the creation of land health groups, ensuring pharmaceutical sovereignty and the availability, safety and quality of medicines and health products.

The project invoked interest in human resources, since it stipulated the valorization and rehabilitation of human resources working in the health sector through the establishment of healthy work that takes into account the specificities of the jobs and professions in the sector, activating mechanisms of association, cooperation and integration between the public and private sectors, and the promotion of scientific research and innovation in the field of health.