Morocco

Total Population: 32.52 million GDP: 95.98 billion Population Coverage: 50 percent Year Launched: 2005 Language: Arabic and Berber Membership: Associate Member

Reaching the informal sector.

The Ministry of Health is responsible for the development and implementation of government policy on population health. In particular, the Ministry of Health ensures equitable access to health care services.

The Context

The government of Morocco approved two reforms in 2005 to expand health insurance coverage. The first is a payroll-based mandatory health insurance plan for public-and formal private–sector employees to extend coverage from the current 16 % of the population to 30 %. The second creates a publicly financed fund—RAMED—to cover services for the poor.

Key Reforms

Both reforms aim to improve access to high-quality care and reduce disparities in access and financing between income groups and between rural and urban dwellers. In 2011, Morocco declared a right to health and health coverage for all in its Constitution. Today, close to 50% of the population is covered. However, out-of-pocket expenditures remain high, accounting for over half of total health spending.

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