Qatar's National Health Insurance Company Names Aetna as Key Player in Delivering the Country's New Health Insurance Program
Aetna to Build Clinical Health Management, Tech Capabilities to Improve Health of Qatari Citizens and Residents
DOHA, Qatar--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Aetna (NYSE: AET), a leading global diversified health care solutions company, has been appointed by the National Health Insurance Company (NHIC) of Qatar to support development of its capabilities for disease management and advanced analytic reporting.
"We are honored to be chosen to play a significant role in the creation of a modern, efficient and integrated health insurance system," said Sandip Patel, head of Aetna International. "Aetna shares Qatar's health care vision for a world-class national health care system built on a strong foundation of prevention and primary care. With decades of experience in the United States and around the world, we look forward to applying our clinical health management and technological capabilities to help the NHIC provide easy access to high-quality health care for all the people in Qatar."
As part of its health care system reform, the Qatari government today announced the formation of NHIC - the company that will manage the country's health care insurance system. Qatari insurance company Al Khaleej Takaful has been appointed as the third party administrator for NHIC to handle essential administrative processes and support building its capabilities. Aetna has been named one of two exclusive subcontractors. The second is GlobeMed, a health care management organization with more than 20 years of experience serving both private and public sectors in the Middle East and North Africa.
Aetna will provide NHIC with a range of health management services, including clinical case management and disease management. GlobeMed will manage enrollment, claims administration and NHIC's call center capabilities, among other functions.
Qatar's universal health care coverage program will be launched in five stages and is expected to be fully operational for Qatari citizens, expatriates and visitors in 2015. The first stage launches with coverage for Qatari females ages 12 and up, for maternity, obstetrics, gynecology and related health care issues. Coverage for all medical treatments for all Qatari nationals is planned to begin in early 2014.
"Universal health insurance is a key component of the National Health Strategy and a fundamental step towards ensuring a healthy population," said HE Abdullah bin Khalid Al Qahtani, the Minister of Health and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Health (SCH). "The establishment of the National Health Insurance Company and the appointment of the TPA will put in place a major part of the infrastructure needed to achieve this strategic goal in Qatar's National Vision."
Dr. Faleh Mohamed Hussain Ali, Assistant Secretary General for Policy Affairs at the SCH, said, "Our goal is to ensure that everyone living in Qatar - both nationals and non-nationals - have access to quality health care services. In addition, the information that we gain through the national health insurance scheme will be used for planning, to ensure that the resources of the government are used efficiently and where they are needed to respond to the health care needs of Qatar."
About Aetna International
Aetna International is committed to helping create a stronger, healthier global community by delivering comprehensive health benefits and health management solutions worldwide. Aetna International's expatriate business is one of the industry's largest and most prominent international health benefits providers, supporting more than 500,000 members worldwide. The organization's expatriate offerings include medical, dental, vision, life, disability and emergency assistance. Aetna International's health management business collaborates with health care systems, government entities and plan sponsors around the world to design and build locally applied health management solutions to improve health, quality and cost outcomes. Recently, Aetna was named "Health Insurer of the Year" for 2013 by MENA Insurance Review, a leading magazine covering the insurance sector in the Middle East and North Africa. For more information, see www.aetnainternational.com.
Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 44 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology services. Aetna's customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.
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