Morocco is experiencing a shortage of doctors and specialists. On May 27, the Council of Government adopted the bill amending and supplementing Law 131.13 relating to the practice of medicine in Morocco, intended to revise the conditions of access for foreign doctors to the Kingdom.
A bill, which intervenes in execution of the royal orientations for the reform of the national health system, but which was not to the taste of the National Council of the Order of Physicians (CNOM). The latter intends, alongside other unions, to propose an amendment before the examination of the project in Parliament in the coming days.
The National Council of the Order of Physicians which represents physicians in the private sector, as well as the National Union of Doctors of the Liberal Sector (SNMSL), the National Syndical College of Private General Practitioners (CSNMSP) and the National Union of Physicians General practitioners (SNMG), as well as the National Association of Private Clinics (ANCP), believe that Law No. 131.13, which must be revised, will allow foreign doctors to practice in Morocco without equivalence and on a simple proposal from the investor.
For the CNOM, the version of the bill adopted by the Government Council is different from the one presented to it in 2019. In this sense, it expressed its indignation at its exclusion by the Ministry of Health from the discussions on the implementation of this new version which apparently does not suit him.
Regarding the bill, it aims to revise the conditions of access for foreigners to the practice of medicine, in particular the strict legal conditions imposed by law 131.13, and in order to encourage the Moroccan competences practicing medicine. abroad to return to their country to fill the shortage of doctors in the Kingdom, in particular on the sidelines of the great royal project for the generalization of social protection which ultimately aims to cover no less than 22 million Moroccans.
The order of doctors in the private sector has, in this regard, recalled the need for foreign doctors to have the equivalent of diploma or certificate for doctors previously registered on the list of the order of doctors, stressing that the subject ” raises several issues related mainly to the scientific value of a certain number of medical degrees delivered in certain countries“.
The body headed by Dr. Mohammadin Boubekri was surprised by the fact that the bill grants jurisdiction “ to restrict foreign doctors who wish to practice permanently at the National Order, while the competence related to the practice of foreign doctors on a temporary basis has been assigned to the Ministry of Health “, Wondering” how is it possible that a physician who practices permanently does not need an authorization to practice limited solely to his registration in the appendix of the order, whereas a physician who wishes to practice temporary way in the country must have a license?“.
The same source believes that simplifying the conditions of access for foreign doctors in Morocco or Moroccan doctors residing abroad to motivate them to choose Morocco as a destination to practice their profession, will not be enough on its own. to achieve this goal. This must be accompanied, according to the CNOM, by a revision of the national reference pricing, the institution of incentives for investment in the health sector, and modify the legislative and regulatory texts relating to paramedical and other professions. health, following the example of the law relating to the exercise of the medical profession.
In addition, the CNOM estimated that opening the door to medical executives would help fill the shortage in the country. But according to the same authority, the problem of disparity between regions, and in most cases within the same region, can only be solved by opening the doors to foreign medical cadres.
However, other parties believe that this discontent of doctors in the private sector comes about for fear of the competition that foreign doctors may make them, especially as citizens complain on a daily basis about the exorbitant prices of private doctors, in particular specialists, faced with a public health system that is under artificial respiration, waiting for real changes on the ground.