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The first Gulf Health Insurance Conference was held on 19th and 20th November 2018 in Bahrain. The two day event included a number of panel discussions on healthcare insurance reforms in the Middle East including the new compulsory health insurance law in Bahrain discussed here in our previous article in August 2018.
Below we set out our top ten tips for healthcare providers in the Gulf region, arising from the key topics discussed at the Conference in Bahrain.
The headline speakers included Lieutenant. General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa (Chairman of the Supreme Council of Health), former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom. The event focussed on a number of key regional healthcare issues including the importance of the exchange of expertise and specialist knowledge in relation to health insurance coverage from various countries across the globe.
As Ban Ki Moon stated at the Conference, “health coverage is a fundamental human right”. Achieving a universal health coverage objective requires strong strategic partnerships between the private and public sector and integrated health information systems to manage those health insurance schemes. Bahrain aims to follow the lead of the United Arab Emirates in implementing a successful mandatory health insurance scheme.
Our top ten tips for healthcare providers to successfully navigate the challenges faced across the Gulf region in the health insurance market are as follows:
The benefits of implementing national health insurance for Gulf countries are that it will help ensure an accessible system to improve public health and quality of life. The successful implementation will improve healthcare access and attract further investment in the region.
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