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Updated: May 19, 2009
Aetna To Expand Footprint In Dubai

Aetna said that it has been appointed by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) as one of the healthcare management companies (HMCs) to provide health management programs and services to outpatient care practices (OCPs), also known as primary healthcare practices, in Dubai.

These outpatient clinics, responsible for managing and directing the care of the local population, are a central part of a new government-sponsored, capitation-based healthcare system aimed at promoting access to high-quality, affordable, basic healthcare to Dubai residents. Implementation of the new system will began in January.

The Government of Dubai currently offers select health programs to its 1.5 million residents, more than a million of which are expatriates working a wide range of jobs, Aetna said.

Under the new system, residents must register with an OCP to access and receive basic health services. 

Aetna is one of only two HMCs appointed to assist OCPs in leveraging the opportunities the new system provides. Aetna, in partnership with Gateway Healthcare, will provide administrative, financial and other value-added services, including the management and flow of funds to OCPs, negotiation of arrangements with hospitals and specialist clinics and development of care and disease managementprograms for use in the clinical setting. This will allow OCPs to continue their primary focus on patient care.

Aetna’s international division, Aetna Global Benefits, coordinated the overall effort and will build the organization by leveraging its existing infrastructure in Dubai, Aetna said.

Address: Aetna Inc., 151 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06156; (860) 273-0123,

  This article was taken from:
The Executive Report on Managed Care

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