Cairo, Egypt — As an Egyptian, I am a patient and a patient is the best medicine.
I have seen so many patients who have had such incredible reactions to the EZ ABI card that I had to start thinking about a way to provide relief to patients.
My first EZA card I saw, it helped me immensely and has become a part of my daily routine, I said.
“I think it will help a lot of people,” I said to my friend.
I asked him if he had any suggestions for other doctors and he replied, “I know there are a lot, so if you have any suggestions, please share them.”
A few days later, I heard from another doctor, who also was on the verge of giving up his own card.
He had a different idea.
“I think EZA can be a good idea,” he said.
He added, “EZA is really a first step and I think there are more things we can do to help people.”
The EZA idea is gaining momentum among health care professionals and physicians, who are also seeking a solution to a problem that is very real.
As of March, there were more than 3,300 EZA cards in use in Egypt, the most in the world.
EZA is the acronym for Equivalent American Health Care System, which means it is a system of healthcare that combines a private, nonprofit system with government-funded services.
The cards are intended to help those who can’t afford private care or are poor and vulnerable.
When I first heard about EZA, I thought, This is amazing.
I know the problems and the problems are there, I think, this could be a way for me to get my medications, my medications can be taken out of my hands, my medicines are not as expensive and the hospital can get better, said Dr. Mohamed al-Kashmi, a senior lecturer at Cairo’s al-Azhar University and an expert in infectious diseases.
The EZA concept has been in the works for a while, but the system has been gaining steam recently, particularly after President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took power in 2014.
EZA has also helped those who have been left behind.
In May, the United Nations Population Fund released a report that highlighted the need for EZA to be more accessible.
Since then, more than 600 hospitals in Egypt have been equipped with the cards, and more than 200 hospitals in the country are equipped with them, according to the UNFPA.
EZA cards can be used for the following: E-mailing and receiving medical services for those who cannot afford the traditional care of doctors or nurses.
E-mails can be sent directly to health care facilities for free, and the cards can even be sent to patients without a doctor or nurse present.
The EZ cards can also be used to send patients medication, vitamins and medicines to pharmacies, pharmacies can even send it to hospitals.
If a patient cannot pay for his medications, EZA medical staff can administer free, non-prescription drugs and prescriptions to pay for their medications, according the report.
Dr. Khairat al-Hadi, a doctor and the head of the Department of Public Health and Nutrition at the National Medical Center, said he has seen many people who have used EZA’s system in their private clinics.
He said the cards helped him to make the best out of a difficult situation, which was not the case before, when he had to treat a lot more patients than he could manage.
“It has helped me to cope with the stress that I was dealing with,” he told Al Jazeera.
“The cards have given me a lot confidence, and it has made me more effective and productive.”
EZA has helped thousands of patients in Egypt.
A few months ago, Dr. Khailat was able to treat patients with chronic pain, who had not been able to afford medication, because the government had not set up its own system.
“They had not established a system, and they needed my help to manage the problem,” he explained.
“And they were trying to get their patients to pay money.”
For him, it has been a very rewarding experience.
“When I am able to see patients like that, it’s because of EZA,” he added.
“So, Eza has helped a lot and now I can see my patients in a more positive light.”
EZA is also being used to treat children.
The health system in Egypt is trying to provide medical care to children at a very early age.
“We can provide treatment to the children at three or four years of age, and at seven or eight years of, that’s when they need the most,” said Dr al-Khailat.
For him, EZ