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MetLife highlights regional healthcare insurance innovations at 8th Middle East Healthcare Insurance Forum 2014

MetLife – one of the region’s leading insurance companies and a global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs – took part with other industry leaders at last week’s Middle East Healthcare Insurance Forum in Dubai, October 13-14, organised by Middle East Insurance Review and addressing the latest innovations in health insurance.

Health insurance is an increasingly valuable employee benefit and the company will publish its first UAE survey of employee benefits in November, 2014.

Speaking about the conference, where he was a speaker and panelist, Dr Shafiq Shaikh, Medical Network & Claims Director, MetLife Gulf, said: “The conference was a platform for interactive discussion and debate to identify best practices, challenges, opportunities and benefits for all stakeholders in the region’s dynamic healthcare industry. With governments making health insurance compulsory, it is becoming an increasingly valued employee benefit, which is why we decided to undertake the benefit trends survey in the UAE, for the first time in 2014.”

MetLife, a pioneer in employee benefits, is committed to playing a leading role in the development of the sector in the UAE and has conducted a trends survey covering employee and employer perspectives from 600 interviews (including SMEs and multinationals) across the country. The survey report will be published in November 2014.

Ossman Charabati, Head of Employee Benefits – EMEA at MetLife, added: “Our new UAE survey examines the country’s rapidly changing and increasingly competitive employment market, in which employee benefits such as health insurance play a vital role in achieving business outcomes by reducing employee stress related to financial security and health worries, and enhancing employee productivity and loyalty/retention. We will be publishing the full report next month and sharing it with all the insurance industry stakeholders. The survey will provide valuable insights for employers, brokers, consultants, and benefits professionals.”