KSA - Insurers blamed for shortage of medical staff
Monday, 02 26 2018, Category: Insurance and Reinsurance, Country: Saudi Arabia
Two medical consultants blamed insurance companies for the shortage of medical staff leading to the closure of several private health centers in the absence of any authority exercised by the ministry.
The consultants told Al-Hayat that some insurance companies interfered in the running of several medical facilities in the absence of any control of the Ministry of Health on the companies.
The ministry announced the closure of the dermatology department at a private medical complex in the Qassim province on Friday, because the department had only nursing staff and it “did not have any doctors in the skin specialty.”
The ministry also said in its Twitter account the closure of an optical shop for want of licensed technicians. Early this week, the ministry also closed a private hospital in Dammam for not having the minimum number of medical staff.
Commenting on these developments, Consultant of Haematology and Paediatric Tumor Dr. Zaki Nasrallah said, “The Ministry of Health is the supervisor of the private health centers, and those health centers have been established on the basis of this principle. On the other hand, the unfortunate reality is that the private health centers and hospitals are manipulated by insurance companies in the absence of any control by the ministry.”
Nasrallah said the ministry did not have any authority over insurance companies. “Actually what these companies are doing is to force the health centers to follow a plan of action drawn up by them, with the aim of reducing the cost of patient service, so that the profit of the insurance companies are enhanced