Health insurance for Omanis and expatriates working in the private sector will be made mandatory soon, according to Dr. Waleed al Zadjali, President of Oman Medical Association (OMA).
Speaking on the sidelines of a press conference organized by OmanExpo, to announce the 8thedition of Oman Health Exhibition and Conference, which will be held next month, Dr. Zadjali said private sector companies in Oman will soon be required to provide health insurance for their employees. However, Dr. Zadjali did not reveal a specific date for implementation.
The Capital Market Authority (CMA) is currently drafting plans to introduce mandatory health insurance for all, after the Council of Ministers made recommendations to do so. “The CMA is close to completing the draft. Various stakeholders including OMA, Ministry of Health, Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, various private hospitals and insurance providers are involved in drafting this plan. But we are hoping to implement this very soon,” Dr. Zadjali explained.
Currently, only 9 per cent of Omanis and 10 per cent of expats working in the private sector are insured. “As you know treatment in the government health sector is completely free but not private sector. Only few companies are giving insurance services to their employees and this should not be the case,” he said.
According to Dr. Zadjali, a National Health Policy, which protects patients, doctors, and health service providers is the need of the hour. “This is an international policy and we have given our recommendations to CMA while drafting the policy and all the stakeholders have agreed to this as well,” he added.