International healthcare, medical insurance in Cairo

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There are numerous insurance options and government agencies assigned to providing care, but the system can be so complicated and convoluted that people who can afford to just pay for treatment out of pocket.

Public Insurance

Most Egyptians's health insurance is provided through either the Ministry of Health or the HIO. They cover public facilities.

Private Insurance

The private health insurance is still developing. The majority of Egyptians access care through facilities operated by government ministries or public insurance schemes. The Curative Care Organization (CCO) covers specific Egyptian governorates (Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said, Kalyubia, Damietta and Kafr el Sheikh). It contracts with individuals, companies and government agencies for the provision of care and arranges premiums accordingly.

Update 4/12/2011


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Expatriate health insurance in Egypt

With so much to deal with before leaving your home country, (taxes, moving house, paperwork etc.) the careful planning of your expatriation to Cairo is an essential step. As far as healthcare is concerned, your local social security scheme won’t be accompanying you to your host country and, once abroad, you might be surprised by the care system you find in Egypt So, before leaving, make sure you have appropriate cover!

Designed for either short or long stays, APRIL International’s insurance policies offer protection against any problems that might arise before departure or during your time in Egypt: cancelling your trip, medical expenses following an illness or accident, needing to be repatriated, causing damage to a third party or losing your luggage.


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