Committee for Defending the Citizens Right to Health (CDCRH)
(Against the privatization of health insurance)
Press Release 2
CDCRH was founded last May by 21 civil society organizations as a reaction to the Prime Minister declaration no. 637 for the year 2007 that has founded the “Egyptian Holding Company for Health Care”. The CDCRH hereby announces its position to the people and the press.
· Our opposition to the prime minister decree as it replaces the heath insurance organization as a non-profit organization, and founded by a presidential declaration, by a profit oriented holding company.
· Our opposition to depriving the insured people from the ownership of the hospitals and assets built by their subscription money through its transfer to the new holding company. The decree gives the government the right to sell these assets in the stock exchange.
· Our opposition to the secrecy surrounding the preparation and issuing of this decree without prior declaration of the draft to be discussed by the beneficiaries and the civil society organization.
· Our opposition to the secret preparation of the new law for health insurance and prohibiting the publication of the data about health insurance and the annual budgets. We also denounce preparing this law without consulting the national experts and the civil society organizations in spite of consulting different foreign agencies.
· Our strong opposition to the inequity imposed on people by the new law through providing different packages of health insurance according to peoples means not needs, as well as the removal of some interventions from the currently insured person as the Minister of Health declared in his example of removing “kidney dialysis”.
· Our opposition to imposing on the insured persons to pay one third of the price of treatments (including surgeries, investigations and hospital accommodation) and prescriptions. This act will deprive the majority of people from many essential medical interventions, in addition, to the fact that it runs contradictory to the essential principle of health insurance of paying the premium in stead of being obliged to pay a good some of money when being sick.
· Our opposition to the policies which aim at making the private sector the major provider of health services rather than one of the providers. We firmly believe that this policy will lead to placing the burden of profits of the private sector on the patients and increasing the burden costs of treatment on our people whom half of which lie below the poverty line.
· Our opposition to forcing the inclusion of the private sector in the organization of the health insurance services “in place of the current practice in which seeking private is an optional alternative only”. Such a policy will lead to increasing the cost and burden once again through placing the profit margin of these private insurance companies on the shoulders of the patients.
We firmly emphasis our principle stand that health is a right to every citizen and not a commodity from which profits should be made. We firmly believe that policies which lead to the latter constitute a danger to the stability of our society and its development.