Parliament’s Health Committee has approved increasing the fees imposed for renewing car driving licenses in the draft law on the comprehensive health insurance system.
The committee, in agreement with the Ministry of Finance, has agreed to increase annual fees in the draft law from EGP 25 to EGP 50 for each year, on the issuance or renewal of licenses, and from EGP 50 to EGP 100 each year for cars with litre capacity less than 1.6.
There was also an agreement to increase the fees from EGP 100 to EGP 150 for each year for car registration license, whether for its renewal or issuance. This is applicable for cars whose litre capacity is 1.6 or less than 2 litres.
The fees increased from EGP 200 to EGP 300 for each year on the issuance or renewal of the license of vehicles, with capacity of 2 litres or more.
The Ministries of Health and Finance participated in the discussions of the Health Committee regarding article 40, which is concerned with the funding resources of the draft law on the comprehensive health insurance system.
Health Committee Member Haitham El-Hariry said that both ministers will continue discussions with parliament members in the evening for the second day in a row.
No agreements have been finalised yet on the fees imposed on industries polluting the environment, including iron, cement, granite, and ceramics, or the fees of clinics and hospitals.
According to article 40 of the draft law, EGP 10,000 will be collected upon issuing licenses for clinics and healthcare centres, EGP 20,000 for the renewal of clinic permits, pharmacies, and hospitals licenses, EGP 500,000 for the issuance of pharmaceutical companies and factory licenses, and EGP 250,000 for their renewal.
A fee of EGP 20 will be collected for each tonne of cement, EGP 50 for each tonne of iron, and EGP 5 for each square metre of marble, granite, or porcelain traded in the market, whether these products are local or imported.
El-Hariry said that the committee agreed with the Ministry of Health to reduce some of the subscription rates.
The committee agreed with the Ministry of Health to reduce the subscription fees for the third child to become 1%, instead of 1.5%.
A part of the subscriptions will be collected from the employer, 1% for working husbands, 3% for non-working wives, and 1% for each child.
El-Hariry explained that the committee will continue discussing article 40 of the draft law, related to sources of funding, especially the fees imposed on iron, cement, and pharmaceutical factories.
El-Hariry went on to explain that the committee agreed with both the Ministries of Health and Finance to reduce some of the subscriptions related to internal stays in hospitals, to become 5%, with a maximum limit of EGP 500 instead of 7% and a maximum limit of EGP 1,500. The subscription rate will also be reduced in the case medical tests to become 10%, instead of 20%.
He pointed out that a maximum of EGP 1,000 has been set for the subscription in medical scans, instead of previously being unlimited. Meanwhile, the subscription rate for medications remained unchanged.