Dubai, Jun 30: UAE's health insurance industry has witnessed a sea-change over the last two years, with the uncertainties of the pandemic making everyone realize the need to have a good-coverage health insurance policy, according to delegates that gathered at the fifth annual health insurance conference & awards.
Hosted by Thumbay group healthcare division in association with Aafiya Medical Billing Services at the Le Meridien, Dubai, the event was presided by chief guest His Excellency Saleh Al Hashimi, chief executive officer, Dubai Health Insurance Corporation and attended by respected industry leaders and policy makers representing the government, and healthcare industry-insurance providers and hospitals.
Dr Thumbay Moideen, founder president, Thumbay Group was the guest of honor of the conference. “The global pandemic has accelerated the need for rapid change and growth; thus, the industry is emerging from the post-pandemic state into a new era of transformation.Thumbay Group is aligned with the government’s vision to implement policies and best practices that accelerate the development of the health sector with patient centricity as priority. New approaches to the delivery of care abound. For government initiatives to succeed, it is vital that the authorities, academia, insurance sector and healthcare institutions collaborate effectively, with the customer at the heart of all strategic efforts,” noted Dr Moideen.
Themed Shaping the future of health insurance, the conference addressed the insurers and healthcare providers on how to thrive amid the constantly evolving and changing landscape of UAE. It further stressed on developing a healthcare ecosystem that is beneficial for everyone while acknowledging the new government policies and regulations, how incorporating digital solutions can enable long-term engagement with customers, thereby helping the sector to transform the into a fully integrated customer-centric model.
Delivering the keynote address, Akbar Moideen Thumbay, vice president, Healthcare Division, Thumbay Group, said, “Today’s conference is an important platform for bringing us all together, key decision makers from health, public policy and insurance experts to highlight the efforts made to develop the health insurance market in the UAE, including the significant roles of insurers and healthcare providers in the process, critical success strategies for the healthcare market, global healthcare trends, regulatory issues, and managing healthcare costs. One of the key areas for sustainable growth in this ecosystem is the use of modern technologies, implementation of AI & analytics and innovative healthcare solutions for improving operational efficiencies and cost mitigation.”
In addition, Ali Zaidi, General Manager, Aafiya, also made a presentation, elaborating on the topic, ‘Accessibility Meets Technology-Emerging Stronger.’ In a felicitation ceremony, some of the most influential leaders in the sector were recognized for the contribution by the chief guest.
The list included: Omer Elamin, president – Orient Group Al Futtaim; Ahmed HamadehIdris, CEO – ADNIC; Hamad Al Mehyas, CEO DAMAN – National Health Insurance Company; Dimitris Mazarakis, CEO Metlife Gulf; Joe Boulos, general manager NAS Administration Services; Christian Gregorowicz, CEO, Allianz Partners MEA &Nextcare; Nader Tawfiq Qaddumi, CEO Al Buhaira National Insurance Co; Abdulla Al Nuaimi, CEO, Dubai National Insurance and Reinsurance, Gautam Dutta, CEO, Noor Takaful; Dr Abdul Zahra Abdullah Ali, CEO, National General Insurance and
Fahim Alshehhi, CEO Salama Islamic Arab Insurance Co; Syed M Asim, CEO Orient UNB Takaful PJSC.
About Thumbay Group’s Healthcare Division:
The Thumbay Hospital network, which today has the distinction of being the biggest chain of private academic hospitals in the region, treats patients from as many as 175 countries. Thumbay Group’s Healthcare Division operates 8 academic hospitals having facilities of 800 inpatients beds, 10 family clinics/ Medical Center, 5 diagnostic labs, and 46 retail pharmacy outlets & First Drive through Pharmacy.
The university and the network of Thumbay academic hospitals and clinics together train around 20 percent of the doctors and approximately 60 percent of the healthcare professionals in the country, creating a significant impact on the healthcare sector of the country and the region. The group employs over 3500 staff, out of which 400 are doctors.
Thumbay Labs doing large number of RT-PCR Tests Daily and two Hospital with over 200 Beds Dedicated for Corona In-patient Treatment. The Thumbay Medical tourism department is very active in promoting all services under medical tourism speaking over 20 languages and having representative office in over 50 countries.