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Health Coverage in Maghrebi Countries

Health coverage in Maghrebi countries, and ways to further boost the sector, was the focus of the 6th International Forum of the weekly magazine “Realités”.

The Forum showcased the experiences of North African countries in terms of health coverage, noting that Maghrebi countries spend on average 5 to 6 % of teir GDP on the .

Participants discussed the current challenges on the extension of health coverage features of health coverage in the world as well as the organization of a workshop on the future of pharmaceutical industries.

Inaugurating the Forum, Mr. Mondher Zenaidi, Minister of Public Health, examined the main challenges faced by health policies in the Maghreb.

He referred to, in particular, to certain emerging, infectious  diseases and stressed the importance of boosting hospital services in the Maghreb.

Some Tunisian companies specialized in pharmaceutical production, namely “Inomed” and “MediS”, were awarded prizes on the basis of the increasing rate of their exports.

In Tunisia, the approach adopted in terms of health coverage has led to the increase of the rate of coverage, to more than 90%. The aim of this strategy is to focus on the achievement of objectives particularly in the pharmaceutical industry aiming at achieving a coverage rate of 60% of national needs.

Moreover pharmaceutical exports are expected to increase fivefold by 2016, making Tunisia an attractive hub for investment in the health sector.

With the recent reform of the Tunisian health sector and the creation of the National Health Insurance Fund (CNAM), there are now 240,000 beneficiaries of the system, instead of 60,000 in 2007. The CNAM also provides 100% coverage of   dangerous, long term illnesses.

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