Increase in health sector allocations in next budget: minister
Health Minister Adel al-Adawy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The allocations for the health sector in the 2014-2015 budget will value at 50 billion EGP compared to 32 billion EGP in the current budget, said Minister of Health Adel al-Adawy on Thursday, Al Mal daily business daily reported.

Increasing financial allocations for the health sector is a requirement of the new constitution, which obliges the government to increase expenditures in the health sector, education and scientific research.

Article 238 in the constitution states three percent of the gross domestic protest (GDP) will be directed to the health sector, four percent to education and one percent for scientific research, Amr Moussa, head of the 50-member committee that drafted the new constitution told Al Borsa.

Adawy said the ministry will use the additional allocations to improve health insurance, increase subsidies for treatment at the state’s expense, qualify more doctors, and boost the sector as a whole.

In its latest statistical bulletin, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced 1.4 million people in 2012 were treated at the state’s expenses in comparison to 1.2 million patients the previous year.

Meanwhile, the cost of treatment edged higher in 2012 by 2.7 percent, to 2.6 billion EGP compared to 2.1 billion EGP the previous year, Al Ahram reported.

Adawy said the Cabinet has also approved a 350 million EGP subsidy for baby formula, with needy families covering 10 percent of the cost.

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