Parliamentary Amendments to Improve Health Insurance Bill for Moroccans Worldwide
The House of Representatives Social Sectors Committee is preparing to approve Bill 60.22 concerning a basic system of compulsory health insurance for people who are able to pay contributions and are not engaged in any paid or unpaid activities.
An informed source told Hespress that the Committee of Social Sectors was unable to form a technical committee to reach consensus on this project, despite the agreement on this issue between its components, due to the retreat of the socialist team.
Through this project, the government aims to provide health insurance to certain wealthy groups, including Moroccans from all over the world.
According to information received by Hespress, the parliamentary groups have not submitted their amendments to the draft, with the exception of the Socialist Party and the parliamentary group of the Justice and Development Party.
In this regard, the amendments of the socialist group provided that the state replaces the insured in payment if he becomes unable to pay the subscription, ensuring that he continues to use the services of this system. He also demanded to exclude the penalties envisaged by the project in case of delay in execution by the insurer.
The bill provides that every insured person who does not pay contributions to the National Social Insurance Fund within the time limits established by law is punished with a fine of 200 to 2000 dirhams for each unpaid contribution.
On the other hand, the parliamentary group of the Justice and Development Party called for preference to be given to parents who have one of their faithful children, and to remove them from the duties of the engagement.
The amendments of the parliamentary group itself also required that the period of using this system began one month after paying for the subscription instead of 3 months.
The Minister of Health and Social Protection confirmed that this project will open doors for expatriate Moroccans and foreigners in Morocco to benefit from health insurance, as well as to take advantage of certain groups of Moroccan citizens, as in the case of the wealthy who do not engage in any paid or unpaid activities.
Answering questions from parliamentarians, Ait Taleb said: “There are people who are not engaged in paid or unpaid work, but they are able to do it, as is the case with people who received money by inheritance,” stressing that the government has provided these people and them similar opportunity to take advantage of health insurance.
The Minister of Health and Social Protection noted that this project concerns only about 2 percent of people who will receive health insurance.
This text is an implementation of the requirements of Law No. 65.00 as the Basic Health Insurance Code, since it has been amended and supplemented, in particular its article 4, which referred to special legislation defining the rules and conditions under which persons who are able to meet the obligations of participation can benefit from the basic compulsory health insurance system.
This project is aimed, according to the minister, at defining the rules that govern the basic system of compulsory health insurance for persons who are able to bear the monthly fee and are not engaged in any paid or unpaid activity.
Khaled Ait Al-Talib emphasized that this draft also provides that the basic system of compulsory health insurance for persons who are able to bear the subscription fee and are not engaged in any paid or unpaid activity is governed by general rules common to all basic compulsory insurance systems. in case of sickness provided by Law No. 65.00 as a general principle.
The project also defines a category eligible for benefits under this system among those who have proven their ability to bear subscription obligations and are not covered by any other system of basic compulsory health insurance, with the adoption of a system focused on social insurance beneficiaries. maintain existing programs as a mechanism for confirming the ability to bear obligations to pay contributions and entrust the task of managing this system to the National Social Insurance Fund with the determination of the validity of registration, starting from the first day of the month following the month in which the insured is registered.
The Minister of Health indicated that people covered by this project will receive health insurance three months after registering with the National Social Security Fund, stressing that subscription amounts will vary from one person to another, depending on social status and based on the information provided Unified social register.