The writer journalist specializing in Arab affairs Fahmi Howeidi, the story of the death of benign Saber Atwa citizenship from the city of Beni Suef, to not being able to pay for treatment expenses, stressing that this is not the first case in the country.
After what happened to the lady benign Saber Atwa, we are entitled to ask the next question: How Egyptian citizen should die for the government to pay attention to the seriousness of the deterioration of health services and attaches it deserves priority attention? The story was published by Ms. Most Egyptian newspapers, and most likely they will forget after a few days.
For ticket or poor they are in the fifty-year-old, stormed the crisis in the breath went out of her son Marzouk Abdel Moneim Al-Hafiz (26 years old) To a local doctor, so that he saw even asked transferred to Beni Suef General Hospital for introduction to the intensive care unit, but the hospital was not ready to receive because of the undergoing development, as has been said, and was transferred to Nasser Central Hospital, which his doctors refused to receive under the pretext of lack of place.
Her son Marzouk did not find a solution and decided to go to his mother unable to breathe Nasser police station in order to free the minutes against the doctor and director of the hospital, which refused to receive and provide the necessary first aid. But fate did not give him because what that arrived to the headquarters of the police department until the mother fell to the ground and died.
The latest publication echoed in several departments, Vqrona all investigations conducted by several agencies to determine the liability for death. But all this will not change anything about what happened, as well as it renews its alarm to the extent of deterioration suffering from it the health sector, which pays the price of the poor of their right to life. Saber benign condition is not the first of its kind. Vqss the poor who can not afford the medicine is no place for them in public hospitals, who are driven from hospitals to their inability to meet the cost of accommodation, these stories circulating length of time on social networking sites. It is true that Article 18 of the Constitution explicit texts talking about the right of every citizen to health care and the duty of the state and claimed responsibility for the advancement of this facility.
It also spoke about their commitment to allocate the proportion of government spending not less than 3% of GNP for health services (Between 75 and 80 billion pounds), But the case has nothing to do with words written on paper. So that the share of treatment in practice did not exceed 1.7% of national income (In the United States and in England 17% 9%).
I asked the captain doctors Dr. Khairy Abdel Dayem in provoking topic in response to the following points:
* The deterioration of medical services in government hospitals, a fact which does not argue, and those who resort to hospitals, the overwhelming majority of the poor are the victims of this degradation.
The main reason for this is due to the weakness allocated for health care in the general budget appropriations, which affects the possibilities that are available to hospitals and the circumstances in which they live under the shadow doctors.
When intended for the treatment of 5.50% of the budget, while demanding the union about 15%, do not be surprised that the services deteriorate, especially that prices increased from last year to the current 15% to the side that Egypt's population increasing at a rate of 2 million people each year.
* There is a severe deficiency in the emergency family kits and recovery rooms, and there is a huge shortfall in the nurseries, which puts hospitals in a very awkward position, so you have to either refrain from receiving some emergency situations, as well as reception newborns.
* It is between 15 thousand units limited health possibilities, there are 500 units do not have doctors. The latter units are distributed to remote areas. Inhabited by poor Egyptians. And these are not directed to them any medical care. In dental clinics, the one that assumes the chair used by one doctor, but we have a chair used by 30 doctors.
* According to the law, all public and private hospitals obligated to receive emergency aid and provide the necessary free of charge during the first forty-eight hours to disease or pain. Having done what is necessary is supposed to be sent by the hospital bills for treatment to the Ministry of Health, which holds the value of the payment.
But because of lack of resources or because of red tape or both, the ministry receives the bills and it does not make payments. In the face of the ministry's failure to pay the private hospitals at least it stopped receiving emergency public hospitals that failed. The result is that who are unable do not find a way to cure, so they die because of it becomes a natural and understandable result.
This information agreed with what Dr. Hamdi Al-Sayed former captain, who added that the cost of a bed in private hospitals exceed one thousand pounds a day.
When borne by any hospital in an emergency and then refrain Ministry of Health to pay the treatment bills, the failure to receive emergency patients who can not stand even though it is a human should be expected. In his view, the state's ability to hang on the death of their obligations to increase its financial resources, and that condition will not be achieved unless security settled in the country.
In summary, the picture is more complicated than we think and hope that the poor are covered by state health care can not be achieved in the foreseeable term, mainly because of the weakness of the financial resources allocated to the sector.
However, two observations gotta Okhertan two:
* The problem is not only in the lack of resources, but it should be recognized that there is also a problem in the equitable distribution of what is available from these resources. Because what is spent on institutions and security sectors gives the impression that scarcity happening in other sectors without. Had the face of some of the services provided to the people, that would be the wisest and fairest.
* The contribution of civil society in that sector strongly required. It must be mentioned that the legitimacy Assembly made a pioneering effort in this field, for example, wish I become a model for other NGOs. So as not to repeat the tragedy of benign Saber again. So that her death at the door of the police station will remain a reproach in all of our work.