Morocco

Information for Patients
Healthcare in Morocco is two tiered; public and private. Public healthcare has a notorious reputation for being inadequate and dismal, with better options found in cities such as Casablanca and Rabat. Private healthcare is more expensive and efficient and tends to be the choice for many Moroccans of means, as well as expats. Hospital visits in public hospitals require patients to bring their own medical equipment if needed – from stitches to towels – unless you elect to pay extra for them to be provided. They are not included in the general visit fee. Healthcare in Morocco is not universal. 


Information for Health Care Professionals
Practicing in Morocco requires translation and notarization of key medical documents prior to undertaking the key medical exams required by relevant medical boards in the county. Please consult both the local Moroccan embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Moroccan medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Morocco. 

French is the language of instruction for medical education in Morocco.


Information for Travelers 
Moroccan health service in the public sector is predominately of low quality but can be hit or miss within more economically empowered cities such as Rabat and Casablanca. That being said, it is generally recommended for visitors and expats to consult private healthcare facilities. Medical tourism does not occur in Morocco except from Mauritania given the healthcare in Morocco is vastly better than the later. Arabic and French are the official languages of Morocco, but it is important to note that Moroccan Arabic (similar to Algerian Arabic) is grossly different from the Arabic spoken throughout the Middle East. Therefore, unless one is already familiar with Moroccan Arabic, French is the recommended language to employ within the Moroccan healthcare system as all medical professionals tend to be trained in France. 

Hepatitis A and B, typhoid as well as rubella vaccinations are recommended prior to arrival in Algeria.

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://www.sante.gov.ma/Pages/Accueil.aspx 


 

References:
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/03/241860/morocco-continually-failing-health-care-system/
https://www.expat.com/en/guide/africa/morocco/8895-health-care-in-morocco.html
https://www.who.int/workforcealliance/knowledge/PPE_Morocco_CaseStudy.pdf
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/morocco/health
https://thearabweekly.com/moroccos-public-health-care-and-education-sectors-facing-worst-crisis