Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 6:55 pm
Rabat – Health financing in Morocco was the focus of a study meeting organized, Wednesday in Rabat, by the Thematic Group on Health Security at the House of Consultants, in partnership with the World Health Organization office in Morocco, the Faculty of Legal, Economic and Social Sciences – Souissi and the Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Performance and Competitiveness (CIRPEC) .
Fouad Kadri, Chair of the Temporary Thematic Group on Health Security, emphasized in his opening speech of this meeting, organized under the title “Health Financing in Morocco: Between Care Provision and Performance Mechanisms”, that the measure increases public resources allocated to public health institutions. The health sector cannot constitute a fundamental change in the performance of the health system in the Kingdom without implementing deep reforms aimed at strengthening governance mechanisms in this sector.
He added that this measure calls for directing public spending according to a clear vision to combat the imbalances the sector is going through, on the basis of accurate studies to identify needs, and propose relevant alternative solutions, in addition to supporting investments. By the private health sector to eliminate spatial disparities, by adopting new tax incentives, or by providing in-kind assistance, such as proposing real estate offers at reasonable prices, or in the form of financial assistance for the purchase of medical equipment and supplies.
Mr. Al-Qadri explained that the optimal approach to financing the health system is based on the option of gradual increase in the general budget allocated to the health sector and work to gradually reduce spending on family health, through the renewal of national agreements, through reviewing and updating the reference tariff. Treatment protocols, among others.
For her part, the representative of the World Health Organization in Morocco, Mariam Beghdili, indicated that health financing is one of the six pillars on which the health sector is based, which are the health care production system, human resources, information system, medical products, vaccines, technologies, governance and leadership, as well as financing. healthy.
Ms. Bigdeli pointed out that 45.6% of the total health spending in Morocco comes from the pockets of individuals and their families, with a significant decrease in recent years, considering that the strategic goal of any health system is to ensure universal health coverage at a level. Less than 25% of the financial protection.
She noted that the national health financing strategy, which is supported by the World Health Organization in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, is based on three functions, namely, resource mobilization, consolidation and acquisition.
For his part, Ezzedine Ghofran, Dean of the Faculty of Legal, Economic and Social Sciences – Souissi, indicated that the Moroccan health system is in the reform stage, noting that the various alternatives and experiments will pave the way for the development of sustainable health. The system whose financing will always be available.
He stressed that “the current bet lies in the search for alternative mechanisms and best practices,” stressing the importance of placing the rules of efficiency and rationalization at the heart of this type of discussion, because health financing is not limited to budget monitoring, but still requires entering into consultations about what should be funded. And how to achieve it, as well as which segment of society to target and what offer can be made.
The President of CIRPEC, Omar Hanish, indicated that the center hopes through its academic capital to help inform decision makers about future opportunities in the field of health and their financing, stressing the importance of benefiting from the expertise and support of international and diverse organizations. experiences in this field.
“Research in good practices and in international experiences presupposes acceptance of difference, reading of international case studies, preparation of research-oriented scientific articles related to economic and political assessment, proposing an integrated analysis framework, in addition to proposing diagnostic approaches that take into account the peculiarities of Moroccan society, its economy and health structures” Mr. Hanish explained.
He believed that providing an internal response to the Morocco issue means focusing on the approaches and steps that must be followed to achieve a degree of mature and informed thinking in health financing, stressing the importance of involving all parties concerned with the health sector in Morocco in order to formulate practical recommendations.