Morocco plans to reduce taxes on medicines by 2023 | Atalayar

The Moroccan Ministry of Health specified, in a press release, that this decision, which will be reported as part of the Finance Act 2023 plan, is in line with the will of King Mohammed VI, who places health and its access to Moroccans at the core. of national interests. To ensure Moroccans have access to health services, the government is seeking to check taxes on medicines and health goods. Mechanisms are being put in place to apply value-added tax to the import of these products, starting in 2023.

Minister of Health and Social Protection Khaled Ait Taleb and Deputy Minister in charge of the Budget Fawzi Lekjaa are in the process of finalizing a social decision It aims to reduce value-added tax on medicines and taxes on imported medical, medical and paramedical devices and materials.

Photo: Sherine Talaat/Reuters. Khaled Ait Taleb, Moroccan Minister of Health

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection first reported that it is taking imminent steps to develop and secure the national strategic stockpile of medicines and health products that are vulnerable to actual or potential shortages or disruptions by 2023, The statement explained ensuring adequate and continuous supply and taking all necessary measures to prevent and mitigate any surge in supply.

In this regard, a steering committee has been formed that includes all concerned parties, The text says, adding that he will be responsible for identifying the needs of medicines and health products related to this stock, especially medicines of great importance to treatment.

Photo/AFP – Moroccan patients recovering from the Corona virus celebrate with medical staff after leaving the hospital in Salé, north of the capital, Rabat.

This reform proposed by the Ministry of Health aims to assist the government’s plan to improve the health care system in the Kingdom. This reform of the system for the next five years will be supported by four main pillars such as good governance, establishment of new generation hospital structures, training of new skills and digitization of the healthcare system, the minister said in an interview. with Le360. “Within five years, this reform, which focuses on four pillars, will provide a complete and efficient healthcare system,” He said. Regarding digitization, Khaled Ait Taleb said his department is working to provide remote and real-time care by connecting patients with health centers. He declared that “the taxpayer’s share of health spending, which is currently 60%, will rise to 25% by 2030 as part of this reform.”

These measures will also be of great benefit to people suffering from mental illnesses because, as market analyst Abdelmajid Belaiche reports, there has been an alarming increase in the use of psychotropic substances since the beginning of the pandemic. These are the effects of the health crisis on the mental health of Moroccans. The total volume of consumption of psychotropic substances in dirhams increased from 860 million dirhams in 2019 to 960 million dirhams in 2020 (an increase of 11%). In 2021, this consumption amounted to 980 million dirhams (an increase of 3%), according to reports, 360 pounds.

Marocus Hospital
photo/file – Inside a hospital in Morocco

Khaled Ait Taleb returned to the investment agreement that his government signed with an Israeli company. He indicated that an amount of 5 billion dirhams will be used to build five hospitals, especially in Berkane and Essaouira, in a public-private management format and follow a win-win model. “After 10 years, according to the agreement, these hospitals will become owned by the Moroccan state,” he added. Minister said.

This decree will also help the health system because according to Newsweek, which published its ranking of the 250 best hospitals in the world for 2022 in cooperation with the Statista Institute, there is no Moroccan hospital on the list. Only two hospitals in the Arab countries are ranked among the best hospitals in the world. These are the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Saudi Arabia (ranked 126) and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (ranked 129).

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