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MENA Health Insurance Congress, 16 - 17 May 2016, Dubai

Demand for healthcare in the MENA region has risen as a result of high population growth, increased life expectancy, lower mortality rates, the prevalence of lifestyle related diseases, and an aspiration for better quality healthcare services.

The MENA Health Insurance Congress, taking place in Dubai from 15-17 May 2016, is a strategic platform for all the stakeholders to discuss and collaborate on the developments of mandatory health insurance in the region; look into global healthcare trends that will shape the future changes; examine fraud and abuse in the health insurance system; strengthen payer and provider partnerships; regulate pricing and medical inflation; and the emerging role of employers and patients in the mandatory health coverage.

The congress will host regulators and key stakeholders from the health insurance who will tackle the medical insurance issues through presentations, workshops and panel discussions.

Key speakers

Mahmoud Shalab, Senior Vice President and Head of Department, Union Insurance Company
Robin Ali, Health Insurance Consultant,Dubai Health Authority, UAE
Mark Adams, Chief Executive Officer,Anglo Arabian Healthcare
Tsepang Nare, Manager - Health Information Management Services,Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Tintu Elizabeth Mathews, Director, Revenue Cycle Management, Oasis Hospital
Dr. Ramadan Al Blooshi, Managing Director, Regulatory, Dubai Healthcare City
Dr. Marc Ruemmler, Chief Operating Officer, Healthpoint, Mubadala Healthcare

Key benefits of attending

Hear the latest advancements on e-health from inspirational panellists and keynote speakers from the health insurance sector;
Understand how health data analytics can help direct insurance outcomes better;
Explore different methods and technologies to spot and stop insurance fraud;
Understand the value of health awareness and patient engagement to mitigate costs;
Analyse healthcare partnerships in long term managed care to generate better outcomes;
Network with your peers across the different sectors in the industry;
Share your best practices and join the 2nd MENA Health Insurance Awards and be recognised for your outstanding contribution to the MENA health insurance market.

Who should attend

Policy makers;
Health economists;
Chief Underwriting Officers;
Medical Reinsurance Manager;
Medical Claims Director;
Hospital Head of Strategy, Head of Medical Operation;
Pharmaceutical Market Access Directors;
Medical Coding Director;
Actuaries.

For more information about the MENA Health Insurance Congress 2016 in Dubai visit the MENA Health Insurance Congress website, click here.

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Bupa Arabia “Best Insurance Company Of The Year” In Ksa For 2015

Bupa Arabia, the number one insurance provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was listed as the “Best Insurance Company” in Saudi Arabia for 2015 by Arabian Business. The award was presented based on the company’s exceptional performance for this year along with the innovative healthcare services being provided and announced for members of the Saudi community.

Nasser Al Suhaim, Senior Manager - Government Accounts Relationship received the award at the prestigious ceremony held recently in Riyadh and organised by Arabian Business with the presence of businessmen of various sectors and specialists from the insurance sector in Saudi Arabia.

Tal Nazer, CEO of Bupa Arabia expressed his gratitude and congratulations to team at Bupa Arabia for this enlisting, stating that, “This confirms our leadership role in the healthcare insurance market in Saudi Arabia, in addition to constantly striving to be a key contributor to the economy by employing and developing our national calibre whilst providing top-notch and innovative services in line with the aspirations of our members and community.”

Nazer affirmed that Bupa Arabia is making significant efforts to improve the quality of health insurance services in the Kingdom, fulfilling its promise to members to be the optimum healthcare partner, presenting the finest healthcare innovation- product and service. He noted that Bupa Arabia is seeking to be a Saudi insurance with world-class standards, providing insurance services based on ethics and values with solutions that meet and exceed the expectations of the members and Saudi community.

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Travel Advice Egypt: Reports Of An Attack In Luxor

There are reports of an attack in Luxor. The British Embassy in Cairo is urgently seeking further information. If you’re a British national and you need assistance, call the British Embassy on 02 2791 6000 and select ‘Consular Assistance’.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • the Governorate of North Sinai due to the significant increase in criminal activity and continued terrorist attacks on police and security forces that have resulted in deaths

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • the Governorate of South Sinai, with the exception of the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes the airport and the areas of Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq;
  • within 50km of the border with Libya;
  • the area west of the Nile Valley and Delta Regions, excluding Siwa, Fayoum and the coastal areas.

The area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel does not include the tourist areas along the Nile river (eg Luxor, Qina, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings) or the Red Sea Resorts of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada.

Over 900,000 British nationals visit Egypt every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Terrorism

There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attacks globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.

Terrorists continue to plan attacks in Egypt. Attacks could be indiscriminate and occur without prior warning. Foreigners could be targeted in tourist resorts or other locations frequented by foreigners. Previous attacks have almost exclusively targeted the security forces, their facilities and other government buildings. You should take great care near these places. Since February 2015, a number of Egyptian and international business premises in Cairo and Alexandria have been attacked with explosive devices.

There is a threat of kidnapping, particularly in remote desert areas.

Ansar Bait-al-Maqdis (ABM) are the most active terrorist group in Egypt. In November 2014 ABM announced they had pledged allegiance to ISIL.

Most ABM attacks have targeted government and security forces. ABM’s main area of operations is northern Sinai, but they have claimed responsibility for attacks in other areas including Cairo, the western desert and Nile delta cities. In February 2014, ABM killed 3 South Korean tourists and their driver in an attack on a bus in Taba (Sinai). ABM has claimed responsibility for the death in August 2014 of a US oil worker in the western desert.

There have also been a large number of low-level and largely unclaimed attacks in Cairo and elsewhere. 

There have been threats to western nationals, institutions, and businesses posted on websites and social media. The FCO is constantly reviewing the threat to British nationals from international terrorism and will reflect any credible threats in this travel advice.

Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada

Enhanced security measures are in place to protect the Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada resort areas. Security forces are situated at the international airports, at check points around the perimeter of the towns and throughout the Governorates. Routine security checks are being performed on entry into the airport and the police are carrying out vehicle checks in the towns.

Protests and demonstrations

Protests, marches and demonstrations are common across Egypt. Demonstrations often happen on Fridays, but can occur at any time and with little prior notice.

The atmosphere at demonstrations can change quickly and without warning. Police may use water cannon, tear gas, birdshot or live ammunition for crowd control.

There have been several violent clashes since July 2013 resulting in a large number of deaths. Most of the clashes have taken place in Cairo and Alexandria.

If you become aware of any nearby protests, leave the area immediately. Don’t attempt to cross road blocks erected by the security forces or protesters. Make sure you keep valid photographic identification with you at all times. Take particular care in areas with a history of regular protests. Westerners, including British Nationals, have been killed, raped and sexually assaulted at demonstrations.

There is a serious risk of violence and sexual assault at demonstrations. NGOs reported more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults against women in demonstrations in June and July 2013. Foreign and Egyptian women have been attacked. 

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Progression In UAE’s Education System Fantastic News For Expatriates

The reaction follows a report released by the United Arab Emirates’ embassy in Washington D.C. that states the existing system is thriving as the country’s population grows and the government’s heavy investment pays dividends.

In the UAE, education has long been touted as one of the highest priorities for their recent governments. The developments are a continuation of the infrastructure that has been implemented over recent years by the founder of the UAE, His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The progress highlights how far the region has come since the 1970s due to increased government involvement as well as heavy investment in a modern education system.

Before his death in 2004, Sheik Zayed stated that ‘the greatest use that can be made of wealth is to invest it in creating generations of educated and trained people’ and that ‘the prosperity and success of the people are measured by the standard of their education’. The country has carried these notions forward into building a system that has seen all ages benefit from the changes. The investment in the education system was largely spurred on by a rapid rise in population. As a result, the UAE now provides a financially viable and academically successful system that runs from nursery and pre-school through to university and postgraduate studies. It has received huge amounts of praise from the global community as it is free at all levels and all disciplines.

One statistic that highlights the progression of the UAE best is the average literacy levels of the population. In 1975, adult literacy was at 54 per cent among men and 31 per cent among women. In 2014 the figure is believed to be around 90 per cent across the board. A spokesperson for Interdean, leaders in the field of international relocation, has released a statement following the news.

‘The fact that the UAE can now boast one of the most efficient and progressive education systems in the Middle Eastern subcontinent speaks volumes for prospective expats to the region. ‘While it is well known that there is a lot of job opportunities across a large selection of major industries, this news is equally as important. It acts as a huge vote of confidence for those with children still in education who are contemplating moving.’

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Yemen Travel Warning: 20 Soldiers Killed Attack In Hadramawt 24 March 2014

24 March 2014 at least 20 soldiers were killed during an attack in Hadramawt;

13 February 2014, an attack on Sana’a Central Prison killed 7 guards killed, injured 4 others and allowed 29 prisoners to escape, including 19 convicted of terrorism offences;

2 February, rockets were fired into central Sana’a;

December 2013, an attack on the Ministry of Defence Hospital in Bab Al-Yaman, Sana’a, left at least 52 people dead and over 160 injured;

October 2013, the 11th Brigade base in Ahwar, Abyan was attacked, with reports of at least 12 dead and others injured;

September 2013, the Yemeni Army Headquarters in Mukalla, Hadrawmawt, was attacked, with reports of at least 30 dead and others injured;

September 2013, there were a series of co-ordinated attacks on army and police posts in Shabwah, with reports of least 56 soldiers and police dead;

August 2013, there was an explosion on a Sana’a bus carrying Yemeni military, with reports of at least 20 dead and others injured;

The level of consular assistance available to British nationals is limited. If you don’t leave the country now while commercial carriers are still flying it is extremely unlikely that the British government will be able to evacuate you or provide consular assistance. If you need urgent consular assistance call either +967 1308 114 and follow the instructions given, or +44 (0) 20 7008 1500.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. You are reminded of the ongoing threat against foreigners and are strongly advised to avoid places visited on a regular basis by foreign nationals.

Terrorists continue to threaten further attacks. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has previously targeted western interests and there could be a threat to commercial sites, transport infrastructure, diplomatic missions and any place where westerners gather. There is a very high threat of kidnap from armed tribes, criminals and terrorists. So far in 2014, a number of foreign nationals have been kidnapped, and groups actively continue to target westerners. In late February, there were 2 separate kidnap attempts against well-protected westerners.

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UK Private Medical Insurance Company

UK Private Medical Insurance Company

You may be a frequent flyer business traveler, student, leisure or medical health tourist considering the Expatriate Life.

Perhaps you are already established as a Expatriate living far from home on distant shores. Where ever you are now, understanding UK Private Medical Insurance company requirements is vital to safe, risk free Global travel. Accidents do happen and when you least expect it. Insuring you have the right type of Private Medical Insurance plan from the right private medical insurance company will mean, should anything untoward happen, you will not be faced with a large medical bill, or even worse, insufficient medical care.

Expatriates searching the internet to source, compare and select the best Private Medical Insurance company are now covered by International Private Medical Insurance Magazines Online UK Private Medical Insurance company guide.

Get the lowdown on who's who and which Private Medical Insurance companies you should trust with your life. Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical news and information about UK Private Medical Insurance companies and providers to individual expatriates, expat groups, expatriate employers and Expatriate Health Insurance brokers and intermediaries.

It is important to fully understand UK Private Medical Insurance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate Private Medical Insurance plan and cover for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes. Private Medical Insurance companies do come in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the Private Medical Insurance company, plan, costs and fine print.

Make your Private Medical Insurance plan and company covers you for costs relating to repatriation, emergency evacuation, medical and non medical transport services by ground ambulance or air ambulance.

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Private Medical Insurance Company

Private Medical Insurance Company

You may be a frequent flyer business traveler, student, leisure or medical health tourist considering the Expatriate Life.

Perhaps you are already established as a Expatriate living far from home on distant shores. Where ever you are now, understanding Private Medical Insurance company requirements is vital to safe, risk free Global travel. Accidents do happen and when you least expect it. Insuring you have the right type of Private Medical Insurance plan from the right private medical insurance company will mean, should anything untoward happen, you will not be faced with a large medical bill, or even worse, insufficient medical care.

Expatriates searching the internet to source, compare and select the best Private Medical Insurance company are now covered by International Private Medical Insurance Magazines Online Private Medical Insurance company guide.

Get the lowdown on who's who and which Private Medical Insurance companies you should trust with your life. Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical news and information about Private Medical Insurance companies and providers to individual expatriates, expat groups, expatriate employers and Expatriate Health Insurance brokers and intermediaries.

It is important to fully understand Private Medical Insurance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate Private Medical Insurance plan and cover for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes. Private Medical Insurance companies do come in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the Private Medical Insurance company, plan, costs and fine print.

Make your Private Medical Insurance plan and company covers you for costs relating to repatriation, emergency evacuation, medical and non medical transport services by ground ambulance or air ambulance.

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Private Medical Insurance

Private Medical Insurance

You may be a frequent flyer business traveler, student, leisure or medical health tourist considering the Expatriate Life.

Perhaps you are already established as a Expatriate living far from home on distant shores. Where ever you are now, understanding Private Medical Insurance requirements is vital to safe, risk free Global travel. Accidents do happen and when you least expect it. Insuring you have the right type of Private Medical Insurance will mean, should anything untoward happen, you will not be faced with a large medical bill, or even worse, insufficient medical care.

Expatriates searching the internet to source, compare and select the best Private Medical Insurance are now covered by International Private Medical Insurance Magazines Online Private Medical Insurance company guide.

Get the lowdown on who's who and which Private Medical Insurance companies you should trust with your life. Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical news and information about Private Medical Insurance to individual expatriates, expat groups, expatriate employers and Expatriate Health Insurance brokers and intermediaries.

It is important to fully understand Private Medical Insurance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate Private Medical Insurance plan and cover for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes. Private Medical Insurance comes in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the Private Medical Insurance plan, costs and fine print.

Make your Private Medical Insurance plan covers you for costs relating to repatriation, emergency evacuation, medical and non medical transport services by ground ambulance or air ambulance.

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VIDEO: Pacific Prime Receives IHI Bupa's 2013 Travel Insurance Award

Pacific Prime is pleased to announced that IHI Bupa has named Pacific Prime the "Top New Business producer" for travel insurance in 2013.

"Pacific Prime has been a big supporter of IHI Bupa's travel insurance plan for a number of years and we won this award for being the biggest distributor of IHI Bupa's travel plan in 2013," said Neil Raymond, CEO of Pacific Prime. "We're incredibly proud to have won the award, and we will continue to advise travelers about the benefits of this plan. It is by far one of the top selling policies at Pacific Prime." Raymond explained that the IHI Bupa plan is such a popular option for travelers because it is extremely flexible and appeals to a wide range of people. "First of all, it's backed by an incredibly good insurer, IHI Bupa, a very trusted brand with tremendous service capabilities and a big global support network, but secondly, the plan itself is simply an amazing plan," said Raymond.

"From an inpatient perspective, the medical benefits are unlimited, which is unique in the market, and there is also a slew of other advantages to the plan such a unique modular form, extensive cover for maternity, and flexible dates of coverage." "Overall the health insurance market is growing substantially, not only the annual health insurance policies but the travel insurance business as well," Raymond explained. "A plan with the unique benefits such as IHI Bupa's is very attractive for travelers, so we look forward to selling a lot more of their travel insurance plans in the rest of 2014, and hopefully we can win the award again next year!"

Pacific Prime is an insurance intermediary based in Hong Kong that offers local insurance solutions and a wide range of health plans to cover individuals and families. With more than twenty years experience in the insurance industry, Pacific Prime offers superior advice on how to get the best insurance and where to get it from.

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Better Property Rights For Expats In Abu Dhabi

Freehold homes are now within reach of expatriates living in Abu Dhabi, as the city aims to boost its property sector.

Those foreigners living in the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been restricted to leasehold agreements in the past, but can now purchase houses in designated investment zones. The move puts Abu Dhabi in a similar position to Dubai, where it has always been easier for expats to buy property. In fact, Dubai has one of the most thriving property markets in the world, due to a decree issued in 2002 that granted freehold rights to people from outside the Gulf Cooperation Council nations. A number of the new investment zones being set up in Abu Dhabi are to be controlled by Aldar Properties, the biggest property developer in the UAE and majority owned by the state.

Abubaker Seddiq al Khoori, chairman of Aldar Properties, said: "We believe that attracting long-term foreign investors will bring great benefits to Abu Dhabi in particular, and to the UAE in general, so that we can continue our path of construction and development."

Many of the bigger development projects that had been planned in the city were put on hold when the global economy took a downturn in 2009, hitting Abu Dhabi's residential property sector hard. Despite the move to allow expats freehold property rights being welcomed by most foreigners in the country, some remain sceptical. The bureaucracy is complicated to navigate and expats are subject to wide-reaching conditions that mean certain modifications to a property are not allowed.

Will Palmer, a British expat living in the UAE, told the Telegraph: "While this is good news, freehold property rights in this country are not that straightforward as you still have to adhere to some conditions, especially if you live in a gated community."

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