National Health Insurance Center to buy healthcare services for Saudis


RIYADH — All the staff and employees who’re involved in providing healthcare services in any respect levels under the Ministry of Health (MoH) will probably be transferred to the proposed Health Holding Company or to any of the corporate’s subsidiaries.

Minister of Health Fahd Al-Jalajel said the approval of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for the Cabinet decision to determine the Health Holding Company in addition to to prepare the National Health Insurance Center would contribute to the effective performance of the Kingdom’s healthcare system.

Under the brand new arrangement, the Ministry of Health is the regulator and supervisor of private and non-private health institutions, and it enables health clusters to offer integrated healthcare services to beneficiaries in all regions of the Kingdom in accordance with the trendy healthcare model at its various levels, the minister identified.

“This decision lays the systemic foundations for implementing the transformation strategy within the Ministry of Health, which is able to happen in successive stages over the approaching years, as health clusters will work to implement a set of transformational programs aimed toward promoting community health, prevention and early detection of diseases and health risks,” he added.

Based on the Cabinet decision, the brand new National Health Insurance Center (NHIC) will purchase health services provided by the Health Holding Company or its subsidiaries. The budgetary allocations for the MoH for the supply of healthcare services in any respect levels will probably be transferred to the NHIC, in accordance with the plan, phases and mechanisms decided by the supervisory committee for the privatization of the health sector.

The allocations earmarked in the overall budget for the present capital projects of MoH proceed to be disbursed in accordance with the present arrangements.

As per the Cabinet decision, the MoH will proceed providing healthcare services until it is totally transferred to the Health Holding Company or to its subsidiaries. The choice also stipulates that the Health Holding Company is committed to applying the trendy healthcare model in accordance with the necessities set by MoH. So far as the state properties which are being handled by the MoH are concerned, it was stated within the Cabinet decision that the ministry should proceed exercising its role in accordance with the established regulations and rules.

The NHIC would submit the excellent medical health insurance vision for the residents to the Strategic Committee on the Council of Economic and Development Affairs for approval, before beginning to implement medical health insurance for residents. As for the Health Holding Company, it can establish health clusters in the shape of independent corporations often called Health Clusters Company to offer healthcare services.

All residents who’re eligible for healthcare will profit from the NHIC’s healthcare services in the event that they usually are not covered by other healthcare systems, programs or services provided to them by entities apart from the MoH. Residents who’re covered by other healthcare systems, programs, or special services which are provided to them by bodies apart from the ministry may also be benefited from the NHIC services. This will probably be in accordance with what’s approved by the Council of Ministers based on a proposal submitted by the MoH, Ministry of Finance and similar bodies.

The beneficiaries also include Saudis working in the private and non-private sectors; their members of the family; in addition to children of a Saudi mother from a non-Saudi husband residing within the Kingdom or non-Saudi wife married to a Saudi, and a non-Saudi married to a Saudi woman residing within the Kingdom, within the event theit healthcare isn’t covered by a cooperative medical health insurance policy. The beneficiaries of NHIC healthcare service also include non-Saudi employees in government sectors, in the event that they usually are not covered by special healthcare systems, programs or services.

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