Health Care of Egypt

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Spencer Peck
Pol 204
March 22, 2010
Health Care of Egypt

The Egyptian health care system faces many challenges in improving and secure the health and well being of the Egyptian population. The system faces not only thwarting illnesses associated with poverty and lack of education, but it also must respond to diseases and illnesses associated with the modern and urban lifestyles of its people. The increased access to global communication and trade is raising the expectations of the population for more technological advanced care for this up and coming state.

Egypt is located on the northeastern part of the African continent with the Sinai Peninsula forming a land bridge in Southwestern Asia. Due to this Egypt is a major power in Africa, the Middle East, the Mediterranean Region and the Islamic world. Egypt is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, Libya to the west and the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast. Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East. The beliefs Egyptians hold about illness and treatment affects what type of treatment they will seek. The choice between traditional and Western healing is dependent on these beliefs. These beliefs could be traced back 3,500 years to when the Egyptians lived on the Nile River. Even today nearly 99% of the population lives in the Nile River Valley and the Nile Delta. Islam is the major religion in Egypt and also has been a key influence in cultural, and medical beliefs. High birth rates combined with a longer life expectancy is increasing the population and the pressure on the Egyptian health system.

Egypt has a complex health system, with many different public and private providers and financing agents. Health services in Egypt are currently managed, financed, and provided by agencies in all three sectors of the economy. The government, public, and private sectors.

The government sector of Egypt’s healthcare...
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