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    Morocco’s Unions Urge Govt. to Provide Health Insurance for Craftsmen

    10 Jun 2018

    Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has received a delegation of the national trade unions who requested the government expand its health insurance for to include craftsmen with poor prospects of health insurance.

    During the meeting, trade unions explained the impact of mediators on price negotiations, the importance of social dialogue, trading integrity, tax fairness and fair employment opportunities, and the importance of strengthening the traders’ image in the country.

    Trade unions demanded that craftsmen and workers in the domestic trade industry be included in the government’s health coverage which would concern a large number of Moroccans, especially those with low income.

    El Othmani updated the unions on the government’s goals, a “universal health coverage” that will cover about 90 percent of the Moroccan population by 2021.

    Recently, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO),Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pledged to support Morocco’s ambition to extend the national health insurance to low-income and disadvantaged people.

    The current System of Medical Assistance (RAMED) which has been in place for six years extended health coverage to 60 percent of the Moroccan population.

    Morocco’s Minister of Health, Anas Doukkali previously said that while the results are “honorable,” there is still a long way to go for health care to be more effective and inclusive of all the poor and disadvantaged people, as it is “a universal right.”

    Despite the government’s new plan, “Universal Health Coverage” or “Health for All,” Doukkali pledged to sustain and rekindle RAMED and its 2018-2021 program for the prevention and control of diseases.

    The program aims to increase the availability of health facilities by 20 percent by 2021 to prevent heart disease-related deaths.


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