News MiddleEast12 Sep 2016

Saudi Arabia:E-platform being developed for health insurance

12 Sep 2016

The Council of Cooperative Health Insurance (CCHI) is developing an integrated electronic platform for the health insurance sector so as to link all stakeholders.

The new electronic system aims to speed up the approval process of insurance companies with health service providers, including hospitals and medical centres, reported Arab News.

The system will also allow the CCHI to verify that insurance companies adhere to  the benefits specified in the unified insurance policy adopted by the CCHI, Council spokesman Yasir Al-Maarik said.

He said that the system will curtail excesses occurring in the sector, and raise the level of satisfaction of the insured. It would enhance healthcare service quality for the insured and other concerned parties through monitoring health insurance transactions.

He said that the CCHI wants to finalise the project in line with the Saudi Vision 2030, which is the Kingdom's long-term development blueprint. The project is considered one of the most important digital infrastructure projects, which will boost the CCHI’s regulatory, controlling and supervisory capabilities over the health insurance sector, he said.

Health insurance contributes 52% of the total insurance market. The number of insured stands at more than 12 million through 26 insurance companies. The insured can receive medical services at more than 3,000 approved healthcare providers.

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