House of Councilors calls for increased public spending

The provisional thematic group on “health security” in the House of Councilors has called for a gradual increase in public spending in the health system.

In its report entitled “Health security as a prelude to strengthening the foundations of national sovereignty”, the thematic group recommended to stop subjecting the health budget to the constraints of balanced budgets, and to inject the necessary funding into it. depending on the needs.

With the aim of reducing family health expenditure, the report recommends in particular continuing to reduce the price of medicines, in particular those intended for the treatment of chronic and incurable diseases, encouraging the use of generic medicines, carrying out reviewing the national reference tariff every three years and supporting the national pharmaceutical industry.

The thematic group also recommends the revision of the incentive and tax measures in force in order to allow the health system to provide quality services and at much lower costs, calling in this sense to initiate reflection on new avenues of financing. to support health structures and strengthen the financial capacity of hospitals.

He also pleaded in favor of an in-depth reform of the various health insurance funds, following an approach of solidarity and mutual aid, taking care to group them together in such a way as to allow the development of the basket of services and the maintenance of their financial balances.

In its report, the thematic group on “health security” insisted on the need to reflect on the means capable of making it possible to expand the basket of health services provided and to link it to effective mechanisms for measuring their impact on the financing of health care.

With a view to improving the quality of health services, the thematic group calls for working towards the generalization of university hospitals, faculties of medicine and pharmacy, dentistry and higher institutes of nursing and technical health professions in the various regions of the Kingdom. In this regard, he also pleaded in favor of the establishment of a clear regional health map and to regularly update it, taking into account the new developments that are taking place in order to fight against spatial disparities.

Also, radical solutions must be made to the problem of human resources by increasing the reception capacity of the faculties of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and health institutes, by fighting against the phenomenon of emigration of doctors and by intensifying the State’s efforts to provide training in line with technological developments.

Likewise, the report recommends the introduction of new incentive measures to increase the attractiveness of the medical and health professions, to ensure safe and appropriate working conditions and to put in place a framework that facilitates health services and contributes improving the quality of services.

The thematic group further underlined the imperative to put in place a legal framework relating to health security and a proactive monitoring plan capable of strengthening the capacity of the health system to monitor and follow up epidemics, and to deal with all diseases and health crises.

He also proposed to create a scientific mechanism to monitor health emergencies, scientific research laboratories in the field of monitoring and combating epidemics, to conduct studies on the impact of climate change on health, to release new funding for scientific research, and to direct the latter towards strengthening the technical capacities and governance of the health system.

The office of the House of Councilors had decided on March 28 to create two thematic groups on “health security” and “food security”, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 10 of its rules of procedure, and in interaction with the developments and the socio-economic implications of these two subjects which are of crucial importance in the current international and national context.

The thematic group on health security has adopted a working methodology based on the participatory approach, aware of the fact that the issue of health security concerns all institutional, political and social actors as well as all segments of Moroccan society. .

In this regard, it has taken care to involve the greatest number of players in order to carry out a collective diagnosis of the health system and design a clear vision concerning the axes of its development to enable it to offer quality services both in the conditions normal than in times of health crises.

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