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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Gov’t to introduce law capping private sector healthcare prices before rolling out universal healthcare?

Is the government looking to cap prices for private healthcare providers before rolling out the Universal Healthcare Act? The Ismail government is still looking to bring in the Universal Healthcare Act next year, with Health Minister Ahmed Rady saying the bill will go before the House of Representatives when it reconvenes in October. In statements to the press yesterday, Rady drew a connection between enacting universal healthcare with a piece of legislation being shopped around by the ministry that would reportedly allow the government to set prices for the private sector. He said that the bill, which would impose caps on private hospitals and clinics based on a still undefined tier system, would also be introduced in the House this session and would pass before the Universal Healthcare Act would be rolled out. He added that the move would control “the chaotic pricing” in the private sector.

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