Doctor assignments: Will the new system improve government healthcare?

Source: Madamasr

Author(s): Mostafa Mohie

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Every year, thousands of medical school graduates in Egypt are assigned by the Ministry of Health to two years of mandatory service at a primary health care facility, a policy known as “takleef.” 

The assignments are the first step doctors take in their careers at the health ministry and are the main supplier of physicians to primary care units in underserved rural areas. The primary care units also play a pivotal role in Egypt’s new universal healthcare system, which aims to expand insurance coverage to all Egyptians and is a key component of the government’s broader healthcare policy.

This past October, the Health Ministry announced in a surprise move that it was merging the takleef system with the Egyptian Fellowship Program, a professional training program coordinated by the ministry.

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