The high population growth directly affects the health sector, by increasing the demand for health care services, service providers and health care centers, and the state commits to allocating a percentage of government spending for health of not less than 3% of the gross national product, which gradually increases until it is in line with global rates. The state is also committed to establishing a comprehensive health insurance system for all Egyptians that covers all specialties.
In view of the impact of the population increase on this vital sector, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics has developed scenarios for the impact of the increase on the requirements of the health sector in Egypt, as the data indicate that the number of hospitals required to be provided will increase from two thousand hospitals in 2017 to 3 thousand hospitals in 2052 in case of continuing Population increase according to the fertility rate of 3.4 births per woman.
The data suggested that the number of hospital beds required to be provided by the Ministry of Health will increase from 132 thousand beds in 2017 to 213 thousand beds in 2052, at a rate of 2.1 births per woman, while the required number will increase from 132 thousand beds to 265 thousand beds in 2052 if it remains. The fertility rate is at a level of 3.4 births per woman.
A study issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics revealed that the population of Egypt is expected to more than double by the year 2052, if the current fertility levels continue at an average of 3.4 children per woman.
The study, a copy of which was obtained by “The Seventh Day,” said that with the possibility of average fertility reaching a target of 2.1 births per woman, the population is expected to increase from about 95.5 million in 2017 to 153.7 million in 2052, an increase of about 58.2 million people. But if fertility levels continue at the level of 3.4 children per woman, the population of Egypt will reach 191.3 million in 2052, an increase of 95.8 million people, which will have a great impact on economic growth and the standard of living, given that the rate of economic growth required to maintain current levels at At the very least, the rate of economic growth must be three times the rate of population growth.