|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
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
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