Temos Conference topic: Dr. Jadwiga Dutsch - Evolving medical infrastructure - a call for action for international private and travel health insurers
The Health markets develop internationally and service providers consolidate and extend their offers, many insurers are under pressure to maintain their premiums while health care costs are rising worldwide.
In regards to travel health insurance, availability of medical infrastructure and improved quality of care calls for a careful assessment. Several years ago, for certain regions and certain pathologies, the risk of transporting a patient to his home country was deemed to be smaller than the risk of intervention at location. This has changed over time.
In consequence the costs for insurers are increasing, with the need to navigate even in far-flung destinations, in the stress field between external costs, adequacy of care and quality and the risk of supplier-induced demand and overtreatment.
A key way international and travel health insurers manage these challenges is patient steering and case management. Cornerstones are building a solid network for patient referral and careful evaluation of individual cases.
Our speaker from Germany: Dr Jadwiga Dutsch, Regional Head of Medical Operations, Allianz Worldwide Partners (AWP)
Jadwiga Dutsch joined AWP in February 2015 as Regional Head of Medical Operations. She is responsible for the operations platforms in DACH, SEE as well as Italy, Turkey, and Greece.
Mrs. Dutsch has gained her expertise in medicine through various engagements in different hospitals in Germany and abroad. Before signing up with Allianz Worldwide Partners she had been working in various positions as Senior Health Consultant for BMW and as Medical Director for International SOS. She started working in the Medical Assistance field as an Escort Doctor for Elvia Travel Insurance in 1998 followed by a position as Coordinating Doctor at Mondial Assistance in Munich.
In addition to her Medical Degree, she holds a Master Degree in Healthcare Management of the University of London and an Executive MBA of the University of St. Gallen.
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