Lifeline Hospital’s ‘Universal Health Insurance – Oman Perspective’ – an international symposium a huge success

January 8, 2015 1:37 pm

Under the auspices of Ministry of Health, an international symposium titled ‘Universal Health Insurance – Oman Perspective’ was presented by Lifeline Hospitals with the support of major healthcare and insurance providers in the Sultanate of Oman at Al Bustan Palace Hotel recently.

The event began with a prayer recitation from the Holy Quran by Mr. Zaid Mussab Al Waleed Al Saadi.

Following which, Dr. Retnakumar, CEO of Lifeline Hospital Group in Oman gave a welcome address where he welcomed – H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Busaidi, Advisor for Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Dr. Mazin Al Khabouri, Advisor for Clinical Affairs, Ministry of Health, media personnel and all participants from various medical and insurance backgrounds to the symposium. The keynote speakers of the event were: Dr. Sven Rohte, Chief Commercial Officer, National Health Insurance Company – Daman, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates;Dr. Naeema Aziz,Chief Operating Officer, Apex Medical Group; Dr. Ahmed Al IraniDeputy General Manager, GlobeMed, Saudi Arabia; Dr. Mohammed Ezzat Agamy,Corporate Hospitals Director, VPS Health Group; Dr. Prakash Subbarayan,Executive Director, Star Heath and Allied Insurance Company; Mr. Adil Idris Mukthar, Chief Medical Officer, Wafa Insurance, Saudi Arabia; Dr. Nishant Jain, Consultant to Government of India, Deputy Programme Director, Indo-German Social Security Programme and Mr. Subramoni J.B., Head – Sales and Marketing, National Life and General Insurance Company.

Moderated by Dr. Mazin Al Khabouri, Advisor for Clinical Affairs to Minister of Health, the discussions at this year’s symposium were underpinned by the fundamental principle of the right to health for all the residents of Oman. It was also followed by discussions on the various challenges and identifying solutions. The symposium highlighted discussions among policy makers from Ministry of Health, and decision makers of various authorities connected with healthcare service sector, and also involved an interactive session with the audience where their questions and queries were discussed and answered by the panel of speakers.

Dr. Retnakumar Jenardanan said, “It is a matter of pride to have been able to present this workshop in conjunction with the Ministry of Health. On behalf of Lifeline Hospitals I would like to thank everyone who participated in the symposium and helped make it a huge success. The symposium addressed important areas like medical insurance in Oman, best practices adopted for providing secured healthcare as prevalent in other parts of Gulf, areas of concerns and challenges faced by healthcare providers and medical insurance companies in the region, unification of healthcare providers and medical insurance companies for delivering excellent customer service to residents of Oman in healthcare and lastly, regulatory control needed to have sound practices of insurance in healthcare.”