Minister of Finance, Mohammad Maait, the Bouvé College of Health Sciences of Northeastern University, USA in collaboration with GlobeMed Group, the leading healthcare benefits management group in the Middle East, announced the launch of the impactful research initiative “Harnessing the Role of the Public Sector in advancing the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Egypt” during a conference held in Cairo this week.
On behalf of the Minister of Finance, the Deputy Minister of Finance Ehab Abou Aish inaugurated the launch event. The event was attended by Professor Carmen C.Sceppa, the Dean of Bouvé College of Health Sciences and Professor Emery A. Trahan, Interim Dean of D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and Mr. Michel Pharaon, Chairman of GlobeMed Egypt, along with prominent attendance including presidents and board members of major health insurance organizations in Egypt, Ashraf Ismail, Chairman of the General Authority for Healthcare Accreditation & Regulation, Amir Al-Talwani, Executive Director of the Health Care Authority, Ashraf Hatem, Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Health Affairs Committee in the esteemed House of Representatives, and Eng. Assem Ragab, former head of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones, in addition to representatives of major insurance and brokerage companies in Egypt and executive attendance from the insurance sector.
During the event, Professor Carmen C.Sceppa and Professor Emery A. Trahan emphasized the importance of this initiative and the essential role of Northeastern University. They also demonstrated a detailed presentation of the research project which brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Egypt and the region.
Pharaon praised the efforts and the vision of the Egyptian leadership to implement the Universal Health Coverage and the tremendous efforts to advance the public health in the country to the next level.He also emphasized that GlobeMed, which manages US$3 billion in claims worth in the region, puts its know-how and expertise at the disposal of this impactful and pioneering research initiative.
For his part and in conclusion of the conference, Ehab Abou Aish, Deputy Minister of Finance and Vice President of the Universal Health Coverage Authority, stressed the importance of strengthening the collaboration between the public and the private sectors to achieve integration between the Universal Health Coverage and the healthcare and health insurance sector to ensure the provision of quality health services to citizens.