Guide to Health Insurance in Egypt

If you are planning on travelling to Egypt, relocating there or are just looking to change your international health insurance provider, it is essential to know what options are available for you terms of health insurance, and the state of the healthcare in the country in general.

Egypt is one of the most populous nations in North Africa with a population of 82 million, and a life expectancy of 69 for males and 73 for females. In general the country’s socio-economic situation is a mix of good and bad, from well-equipped and modern urban hospitals to the challenges of poverty, disease and illness, and low standards of education. The World Health Organization ranked Egypt in the 2000 healthcare system report at 63rd in the world.

Healthcare facilities

The Egyptian Government’s long term healthcare strategy is to achieve universal public healthcare for its entire people, especially those who are poor and most vulnerable, though the system is not universal as of present.

The Egyptian healthcare system is a mix of public and private healthcare with a diverse range of financing and managing agents across the public, private and parastatal sectors, such as the governmental Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP). Emergency, curative and general inpatient care is facilitated by the MOHP, though there are also many private sector pharmacies, clinics and hospitals, and non-governmental, religious and charitable organizations which provide health services. As a measure of difference between public and private healthcare, there are roughly 1,000 MOHP facilities and roughly 2,000 private facilities, though MOHP and other public and parastatal institutions far outweigh private facilities in terms of public usage.

Hospital services are available throughout Egypt, including small integrated hospitals in rural areas, and district, general and speciality hospitals of all sizes. Integrated hospitals usually have good (though sometimes basic) diagnostic facilities, whereas speciality hospitals - which are available in every governorate – have advanced facilities. Medical facilities within Cairo and the other major cities are generally very good, and these places are the recommended option for emergency treatment. Care is not free for expatriates, and adequate travel insurance must be taken out.

Before you go

You are advised to check with your medical practitioner eight weeks prior to your trip to see if you require any vaccinations and preventatives. Diseases include Hepatitis A and B and Typhoid. Always take the necessary precautions.

Next steps

You can get a quote for one of our WorldCare plans to cover your stay in Egypt, with WorldCare treatment access available anywhere in the world. You can purchase and manage your plan online – it's an easy and quick way to get comprehensive cover.

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