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Egyptian MP: Only 2 children on the government. Families take care of the rest

Wednesday 24-05-2017 - 03:04 AM
Mohamed Arabi
Two children on the
Two children on the government and you take care of the rest

Cairo - Members of Health Committee at Egyptian Parliament have been divided over Dr. Magdy Morshed’s suggestion that Egypt should limit governmental support to only the first and second child under the Comprehensive Health Insurance Act, while families would be required to self-suffice or pay for the third [or any more] child under the same Act. Morshed said that this will be contribute to promoting the concept of family planning and mitigating the overpopulation crisis in Egypt.

On their part, MPs stressed that excluding a third child from the comprehensive Health Insurance Act is a clear violation of the constitutional principle that every citizen has the right to health insurance. They pointed out that Egypt’s economic crisis does not only lie in its overpopulation as it is the result, not the root cause.

Health Committee members also emphasized that MP Morshed has not submitted a motion to the Parliament’s Speaker on his proposal. 

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On the other hand, Dr. Mohammed Al-Amari, Chairman of the Health Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, said that Dr. Magdy Morshed’s suggestion comes within positive incentives for healthcare in society. Without state-sponsored family planning, the comprehensive health insurance system will quickly start to crumble and come apart.

According to official statistics, Egypt's population growth rate is close to 2.5% annually, twice the rate in developing countries, and more than five times that of advanced countries. If population growth continues at the same current rate, Egypt's population will be estimated at 102 million by 2020.

All agree that the economic situation in Egypt will not withstand this increase in the medium or long term.

However, it seems that policies on family planning are drastically out of touch. No one is able to define if the answer for a solution to Egypt’s overpopulation problem is linked only to economic factors, or if there is an urgent social necessity for family planning programs. We sometimes do not have the courage to think about enacting laws to solve the overpopulation crisis in order to achieve development goals and improve the quality of life in Egypt.

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