Morocco - Country Commercial Guide
Healthcare

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country.  Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2021-10-21

Overview

The state is the primary healthcare provider in Morocco, with 85 percent of supply provided by public hospitals and 15 percent by private centers. There are five university hospital centers, in Rabat, Casablanca, Fez, Oujda and Marrakech. The country also counts 149 public hospitals and 12,034 physicians in the public sector as well as a separate military healthcare system with six hospitals and a medical center. The government spent around 6 percent of GDP (approximately $1.63 billion) on the healthcare sector in 2019, which constituted about 40 percent of total healthcare spending. 

The private sector healthcare market, which makes up the remaining 60 percent of healthcare spending, includes more than 360 private clinics, heavily concentrated in the Casablanca-Settat and Rabat- Salé-Kénitra regions, with 13,545 physicians and a capacity of 10,346 beds.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Morocco has received over $4 billion in aid from domestic and international sources to bolster the healthcare infrastructure and curb the spread of COVID-19.  Eighty-one hospitals, including military field hospitals, and 32 consultation centers  have been upgraded and equipped across different cities to care for COVID-19 patients.

COVID-19’s long-term impact on the healthcare system in Morocco is difficult to predict but the budget for recovery efforts and investment in human resources are expected to increase.  Upgrading public hospitals is a national priority.  Public-private partnerships to support healthcare infrastructure and scientific research is also a priority. Morocco is vigorously seeking to develop self-sufficiency/local manufacturing of drugs, vaccines, and PPE such as masks, gloves, gowns, overshoes, and head coverings. Morocco aims to start fill and finish manufacturing of the Sinopharm SARS-CoV-2 vaccine by the end of 2021, through an agreement signed with Sinopharm in May 2021. 

Leading Sub-Sectors

In May 2018, the Ministry of Health introduced the National Healthcare Plan 2025 with a budget of about $2.5 billion of investments including $1.5 billion for the improvement of hospital capacity and $1 billion for the reinforcement of various national health and disease-control programs. Leading sub-sectors include:

  • COVID-19 Test Kits
  • Ventilators and respirators
  • ICU Equipment
  • Magnetic resonance imaging and ultra-sonic scanning equipment
  • X-Ray equipment
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Hospital infrastructure
  • Emergency aid (equipment and services)
  • Monitoring and electro-diagnostic equipment
  • Computerized tomography equipment
  • ICT (E-medicine, equipment, and related software).

Opportunities

Hospital Infrastructure

For a total of $1.1 billion, Morocco plans to build 29 new hospitals, including four university hospitals with a total capacity of 3,354 beds in the regions of Al Hoceima, Rabat, and Agadir. In addition to the university hospitals, 21 regional (CHR) and provincial (CHP) hospital centers with a total capacity of 3,254 beds are being built or rehabilitated for a total budget of $440 million.  Moreover, $72.7 million has been devoted to the extension, rehabilitation, and upgrading of existing healthcare centers and hospitals. Due to the pandemic, there is a delay in completing the ongoing projects.

Medical Equipment

The Moroccan medical device market is estimated at $236 million, with $181 million in imports in 2019. The United States, Germany, and France are the main equipment suppliers with increasing competition from Italy, Turkey, China, and South Korea. The Moroccan government plans to develop emergency and mobile hospital units, for which multiple tenders are likely in the future.  Notable, the import or sale of second-hand or refurbished medical devices and equipment is now forbidden, per a February 2017 law, to improve equipment quality.

Cancer Treatment

The Lalla Salma Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer was founded in 2005.  This non-governmental organization has improved the quality of cancer management and access to cancer care for Moroccan patients.  Currently, Morocco has 23 cancer centers – 11 public and 12 private – that treat over 40,000 new cases annually.  Cancer treatment equipment has been identified as a priority investment area.

Resources

  • Association of Biomedical Equipment Professionals (APMB)
  • Lalla Salma Foundation the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer: https://www.contrelecancer.ma/en/
  • Ministry of Health:  https://www.sante.gov.ma/Pages/Accueil.aspx