ALGIERS- Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security Tidjani Hassan Haddam announced Monday, in Algiers, that an action is underway to give a new impetus to the contract-based cooperation between the sectors of Social Security and Health as from 2020, as part of strengthening coordination between the two sides, in order to care adequately for patients and ensure an efficient social security coverage to citizens.
The meeting of the inter-ministerial committee, bringing together the two ministries’ officials, “constitutes a real opportunity to establish the principles of coordination and exchange between the two strategic sectors. It is part of the broadening of the consultations with all the partners of the social security system, notably the sector of Health,” said Haddam who supervised the launch of the inter-sectoral committee on health and social security with the Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform Mohamed Miraoui.
In this respect, he affirmed that this meeting aims at activating the role of the aforementioned committee “for a joint exploitation of computing systems of CNAS network (the National Fund of Social Insurance of Salaried Employees) and that of the health public sector, in addition to the implementation of a common database and suitable computing system.”
Haddam said that the system of direct payment by insurers is “an achievement that cannot be ignored” in the social security system.
While lamenting the waste of medicines, the minister said that studies are underway to “set up new mechanism to end this waste.”
For his part, Health Minister underlined that the contract-based cooperation is meant to “implement the inter-sectoral relations between the social security bodies and public health institutions, so that to give further transparency and precision to the determination of the contribution amount of the social security bodies destined to the financial coverage of medical expenses for the benefit of social insurance contributors and eligible parties.”
In this regard, Miraoui said that the contract-based cooperation will also allow “providing citizens with better health-care services,” stressing that the principle of free health-care “is the State’s choice, enshrined in the article 13 of the new law on health.”