drugs, health system... in questions

The Minister of Health and Social Protection, Khalid Ait Taleb, was on Tuesday in the House of Councilors for the exercise of oral questions. He pointed out, in response to a question from a parliamentarian, that the revision of drug prices was being examined by a commission formed by the head of government with a specialized research firm.

The Minister of Health and Social Protection indicated precisely about the revision of the prices of the most consumed drugs in Morocco that, “this project is essential for the sustainability of social coverage in our country to make drug safety a priority. But also to revise prices downwards, it is essential to work on several parameters within the framework of a national pharmaceutical policy “.

This should, in effect, address some questionable practices and system weaknesses, focusing in particular on the main causes of avoidable harm. Ait Taleb asserted that it was necessary “first of all encourage local production by encouraging manufacturers to develop this sector and hoping thatthe various stakeholders will end up taking this problem head on“.

In another section, the Minister of Health and Social Protection did not fail to reaffirm that the problem of the health system in Morocco is not mainly linked to health infrastructure, but is due in large part to a lack of human resources. Khalid Ait Taleb said that the health system is experiencing a terrible shortage of human resources, estimated at 32,000 doctors and 65,000 nurses. He also underlined the importance of a global approach, because “we cannot build health facilities to leave them, closed given the lack of human resources“.

He explained that the strategy developed by his department aims to train health managers to reduce this deficiency by 2025. Ait Taleb stressed in this regard that in the meantime, the ministry is committed to implementing a policy regional health to include all regions, whether urban or rural, within the framework of territorial health groups, and to reduce the space differences, as well as a number of programs in the rural area according to a global approach.

Khaled Ait Taleb, also confirmed that the current reference tariff for care was exceeded, hence the need to review it soon. The Minister for Health and Social Care said, “We are not currently working under the original 1998 reference tariff – used only in rare cases – but we rely on an agreed reference tariff”.

He therefore called again for a revision of the latter in order to preserve the financial balance of citizens and to know the real cost of care for each of them, condemning to the passage of old methods such as the famous “cheque guarantee”.

A number of official reports as well as health authorities had demanded a revision of the reference tariff to reduce the burden of patients’ treatment and medicine expenses, with the aim of allowing them to recover more money than before.

Hospital emergencies were not left out. They provide 80% of non-emergency services. Khalid Ait Taleb, indicated that the biggest problem related to the emergency services is that they are not all of an urgent nature, hence the excessive number of patients in these premises, while the approximate Health Centers were abandoned.

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