UncategorisedHealth insurance policy for international athletes reviewed

September 11, 20190

?Acting General Secretary of the Bahrain Olympic Committee Abdulrahman Askar said the committee is keen on providing distinctive health care for all Bahrain national team athletes, based on the directives of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and BOC president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
This came during Askar’s meeting national sports federations at the National Stadium in Riffa, where federations representatives were briefed on the new health insurance agreement signed with MetLife Alico, in the presence of BOC member Khalid Al Alawi, its Sports Affairs executive director Jihad Khalfan, and insurance advisor Isa Al Rashed, in addition to other directors and senior officials at the committee .
The meeting was also attended by representatives of 11 out of 26 sports federations, namely football, table tennis, athletics, volleyball, handball , swimming, tennis , shooting, fencing, bowling and gymnastics.
At the beginning of the meeting, Askar stressed the eagerness of the committee to provide best treatment for its athletes and enable them to represent Bahrain in regional and international competitions, and noted that the BOC will also coordinate with some more government hospitals to provide top medical services in the near future.
On his part, Khalfan said the selection of the insurance company was based on a public render, taking into consideration the overall benefits and services offered by the companies.
Late on, MetLife Alico representative Khairy Nassruddin gave a presentation on the insurance policy of the national teams athletes, the terms and provisions of the agreement, the treatment procedures and medical network of this deal, as well as the benefits and services to be provided by the company.
Nassruddin said the amount of insurance for each player per year is estimated at BD20,000, stressing that the company will cover the expenses of treatment of each player in the covered hospitals by 100 per cent, while covering 80 per cent of the treatment cost if the player is admitted to other hospitals which are beyond the medical network.
He said added that  the agreement also covers medical consultations  and not only the treatment or surgical procedure. If the consultation was done at one of the medical network hospitals, then the company should cover it by 100 per cent. But if it’s from outside the network, the company bears 35 per cent for a general doctor, and 45 per cent for specialist doctors.
Nassruddin said the many new benefits and services are provided, such as alternative medical services at BD3,000 per year, and the treatment of psychological conditions for the players needing psychological rehabilitation following a certain injury worth BD850,000 per year. An additional BD2,000 has been allocated for the treatment of cancer.

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