BE­YOND FUND­ING

Qatar Today - - COVER STORY -

Health in­sur­ance is ev­ery­thing but in­sur­ance, Bourel says. “Health in­sur­ance re­lies on two pil­lars, one of which is fund­ing. The other is pro­vi­sion of an ap­pro­pri­ate level of qual­i­ta­tive and quan­ti­ta­tive care. Both have to be man­aged in par­al­lel. In that re­gard, it's prob­a­bly for­tu­itous that the scheme hadn't been ex­tended to blue-col­lar work­ers be­fore the com­ple­tion of the pro­posed hospi­tals. Be­cause if you make a big share of the pop­u­la­tion sol­vent with­out en­sur­ing that there is sup­ply, it'll be a disas­ter.” And then there is also preven­tion. Obe­sity and re­lated ill­nesses are a very big is­sue in the re­gion. So in this case, just pay­ing the bills at the end of the food chain is a very short-term view. “Da­man has world­wide ex­per­tise in man­ag­ing th­ese. We have data and ex­pe­ri­ence that we can draw upon and adapt to Qatar to be sure that we take care of im­prov­ing health in­di­ca­tors like life ex­pectancy, in­fant mor­tal­ity, deaths af­ter heart at­tack or trans­plant, etc,” he says. Health in­sur­ance is more health than in­sur­ance. Fo­cus­ing only on man­ag­ing cash flows is a big mis­take. It's in­sight like this that Da­man and com­pa­nies like it can bring to the ta­ble. That's what we must want for this coun­try.

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