Oman- Public-private partnership in healthcare stressed

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(MENAFN – Muscat Daily) Muscat- The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Sunday organised a workshop on ‘Public-Private Partnership in Healthcare’ at Sheraton Oman Hotel. The ministry was represented by the Health Investment & Financing Alternatives Department in the event (HIFA).

It was organised in collaboration with the UK Embassy in Muscat and KPMG. The workshop, which was held under the patronage of H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, targeted decision-makers and senior officials in the ministry, such as directors general, hospital executives, members of the investment committee, members of the health insurance committee, financial managers and health administrators in governorates.

The event was held to implement various models of public-private partnership and propose a common framework for some healthcare projects.

Dr Halima bint Qalam al Hinai, HIFA director, stressed that the partnership between the public and private sectors will reduce the pressure on the government to build hospitals and provide government’s health sector with qualified expertise and advanced technology, which will directly affect healthcare. However, this partnership requires the government sector to be flexible enough to adapt to the private sector that is developing day by day and to continuously train its medical staff and buy and provide modern technology.

During the training, the participants were given tasks on how to identify the projects suitable for implementation in the assets of the Ministry of Health, (therapeutic and support) services that could be subject to the public-private partnership, and those projects were classified as high, medium or low depending on their readiness.

The outputs of the practical training side of the participants were then evaluated by the experts and international trainers involved in the implementation of the workshop.

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