Health Insurers Go Global
A third trend fueling growth could be reforms or changes to existing government-run healthcare systems. For instance, Britain’s National Health Service is preparing to outsource some services to private companies in an attempt to slash spending and increase government efficiency. Humana, UnitedHealth, Aetna and MCCI are already lining up for contracts. (Opponents of this change warn about inheriting the insurance fraud and abuse seen in the U.S., much like how opponents of healthcare reform here vilified the NHS not long ago).
For the most part, these global opportunities are going to be limited to the largest of the health insurers. But as emerging economies around the world continue to see rapid growth, the opportunities for health insurers may expand as quickly as these developing markets.
Elyas Bakhtiari is a freelance editor for HealthLeaders Media.
- Hospital Groups Strike Back at Hospital Rating Systems
- The Secret to Physician Engagement? It's Not Better Pay
- AHIP: Enormity of HIX Challenges Sinks In
- Two-Midnight Rule Must be Fixed or Replaced, Say Providers
- 4 Reasons PCMH Principles Aren't Going Away
- Don't Underestimate Emotional Intelligence
- How Succession Planning Boosts Employee Retention Rates
- Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research: Avoiding Confusion
- Another SGR Patch Likely, Lawmaker Says
- Yale New Haven Health Partners with Tenet Healthcare in CT