King Mohammed VI has adopted a draft framework law for the health sector which will revolutionize its operation through the establishment and introduction of several new features. Here are the details of the project.
It was the Minister of Health, Khalid Ait Taleb who presented to the King, in the Council of Ministers, this draft framework law, drawn up following the High Royal Instructions for the revision of the health system so that it is up to the task. of the work of the generalization of social protection.
“There will be a revolution in the health sector”said the Minister of Health on this occasion.
The reform plans to tackle 4 main pillars, the first of which concerns “governance”, which should strengthen the mechanisms for regulating the action of health actors, better governance in the hospital environment and territorial planning of the offer. sanitary.
It will be a question of creating at the regional level, territorial health groups, the creation of the High Authority for Health, an Agency for Medicines and Health Products and an Agency for Blood and Blood-Derived Products, and finally a review of the organization, missions and function of doctors in Morocco.
Regarding the creation of the High Authority for Health, which will have a “powerful legal referent”Khalid Ait Taleb, indicated that it will be“a strategic institution of paramount importance”and to explain that while health strategies and policies change from time to time, and this body will be there to draw a roadmap and will be the guarantor of the measures taken by the State in the medium and long term”.
According to him, it will codify compulsory medical coverage, rate public policies, create rating systems for health structures and will have a scientific committee that will be responsible for monitoring the latest scientific advances and coming out with recommendations, like what the scientific committee set up during the pandemic did.
The aspect of good governance, for its part “will be done within the framework of the creation of territorial health groups, which fall within the framework of advanced regionalization”said Khalid Ait Taleb, adding “that we need to have a regional health card”.
“We have a national health map, but the interest of creating regional maps lies in the specificities of each region”he continued.
The Minister specified that it is within the framework of the University Hospital Centers (CHU) that these territorial health groups will be erected.“This will make it possible to broaden the scope of internships and training for medical students who will be able to practice at several levels”he said.
The second pillar will focus on the development of human resources, in particular through the drafting of the law on the public health service, and this will aim to motivate human resources in the public sector, in particular by reviewing their salary grid.
“The health sector is special and today it needs to be distinguished legally”said Ait Taleb, adding that “it is not possible for us to work like normal civil servants and therefore we must create a health function which is primarily motivating”.
The health sector has many challenges ahead of it, including that of technological development, and this requires adequate and continuous training, he continued, explaining that “even human resources must follow this development”.
“In addition, to motivate them, we must do so in terms of their income. There is going to be an income, special incentives so that those who work the most are paid more and this can only be possible within the framework of the creation of a health function” justified the minister.
It will also be a question of combating the lack of human resources, reforming the training system, opening up medical practice in Morocco to foreign skills and encouraging Moroccan medical executives residing abroad to return to practice in their country.
The third pillar will concern the upgrading of the health offer in order to meet the expectations of Moroccans in terms of facilitating access to medical services, improving their quality and the equitable distribution of hospital services throughout the territory. national.
It will be a question of rehabilitating primary health structures, upgrading hospitals, establishing the obligation to respect the course of care.
The fourth pillar is an opening towards the digitization of the health system, through the establishment of an IT system to process and exploit information related to the health system, said a press release after the Council.
For his part, the Minister added several details concerning this digitization which, according to him, will allow “a fluidity in the transmission of information from one health structure to another, and the patient will have a digital card which will contain his medical diary”.
And to add that this novelty will allow“to open the field to several things”will be used for telemedicine, to make statistics and projections, and will help with the billing of health services.