Feasibility study on the enrolment of refugees and asylum seekers in the Egyptian Universal Health Insurance Scheme (UHIS)

This study presents a review of the situation of refugees and asylum seekers in Egypt to assess the feasibility of including them in the universal health insurance scheme (UHIS) launched in 2018.

The refugee and asylum seekers population in any country is highly vulnerable and often lacks any form social protection.

As Egypt rolls out phase 1 of the UHIS, the study reviews possibilities of including refugees and asylum seekers in this key social protection scheme. It identified opportunities and challenges.

It proposes long-term strategy to ensure equal treatment of refugees and asylum seekers at par with Egyptians and grounded in sound economic policy options. It also presents data for policymakers and international agencies to make well-informed policy decisions, calling for intensive advocacy efforts with the Government of Egypt and strategic implications for the health programme.

It underscores the urgent need for action to ensure that PoC are not left behind and highlights the importance of fostering social cohesion by providing equal access to healthcare services for all.