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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 15:19

GlobeMed tops the list of the latest TPA companies rating in the MENA region published in the prestigious Al Bayan Magazine, November issue, 2019 and attached for your reference.

The rating is based on the number of adherents and countries of operations. GlobeMed has topped the rating with 23,170,000 adherents* and 12 countries of Operations. This rating reflects our continuous drive to provide superior customer service, standing tall in embracing technology to better serve our clients and their insured members. Over the past three decades, our vision has pushed us with the pride to serve and the promise to continue to shape the future of the healthcare industry.

We share this milestone today with our partners in success, our clients, and thank them for their trust and support over the years.

*Including servicing the private sector & the Saudi nationals under the Ministry of Health in the private healthcare sector

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 11:43
The team of doctors at GlobeMed, the leading healthcare benefits management company in the Middle East, has conducted a literature review on the effects of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC) and their interference with the body hormones. The review was supervised by Dr. Elia Abdul Massih, Goodcare Clinics Director, and led by Dr. Karen Abou Jaoude, Population Health Specialist. It demonstrated that even at low levels of exposure, EDCs can induce adverse health effects, contributing significantly to the development of diseases such as cancers, asthma, diabetes, genital defects and obesity. Furthermore, the literature review established six easy ways to decrease exposure to these harmful chemicals.
 
What are Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDSs)?
EDCs are exogenous chemicals or mixtures that can interfere with hormone actions in our bodies in a negative way. Hormones are messengers released from endocrine glands in the body and bind to specific receptors on their target organs to result in a precise, oftentimes required action for our healthy survival before being reabsorbed or eliminated once their effect has occurred. Examples of suspected EDCs include: metals, industrial chemicals, personal care products, pesticides, natural estrogen and progesterone, plastic, hormonally active drugs and synthetic hormones.
We are exposed daily to low doses of EDCs without even suspecting or realizing it such as:
• Perchlorate
• Parapenes
• Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
• Benzophenone
 
Even at low levels of exposure, EDCs can induce adverse health effects. Human and animal studies have shown causal relationships between EDCs and several diseases, and have identified the mechanisms by which these chemicals cause harm. Studies also demonstrated how EDCs contribute significantly to the development of cancers, asthma, diabetes, genital defects and obesity.
The Endocrine System and how EDCs interfere
The endocrine system and its hormones coordinate the tissues and organs of the body. Examples of such control include but are not limited to the following:
a. Estrogen and progesterone, which are important in female fertility.
b. Insulin, a key component of blood sugar regulation whose deficiency or low activity causes diabetes mellitus disease.
c. Thyroid hormones, which are released from the thyroid gland and are responsible for regulating various metabolic and growth functions.
Hormones of the endocrine system are important at all stages of life from conception until death. At conception, hormones are not only needed for the mother during pregnancy but also play an essential role in the development of the fetus in utero and later after birth throughout early life.
An important point to note is that hormones act at low doses. Any disruption of this balance, no matter how small, will have drastic effects on the functioning of organs and tissues. In addition, hormones need specific target receptors to illicit a response.
Since the relationship between hormone and effect is not linear, having too much or too little of a hormone is equally harmful. For instance, having too little or too much of testosterone in the body increases the risk of having prostate cancer equally.
EDCs can induce harmful effects by either changing the amount of hormones available or interfering with their corresponding receptors. They can then either mimic the hormonal response and thus multiply the effect or induce an opposing effect hence blocking or changing the intended action.
Why care?
The prevalence of many endocrine diseases such as diabetes and obesity is increasing and the burden rests upon us. For diseases to occur there is always an interplay of genetic and environmental factors. If we cannot choose or change our genes, at least not at this stage, then why not try and control our environment by limiting exposure to such chemicals as much as possible?
What can we do?
 
There are six simple steps that can reduce EDC exposure:
1. Eat Organic and Reduce Pesticides
The more you eat organic foods the less likely you are to ingest the chemicals found in pesticides. This does not mean that you have to be extremely strict and eat only organic. Not every fruit or vegetable you eat has to be purely organic. For instance, ones containing the highest doses are those directly sprayed with pesticides and eaten whole such as leafy greens and vegetables. It is recommended that you start your organic journey with “The Dirty Dozens” that harbor the most pesticides including bell peppers, spinach, nectarines, grapes, peaches, pears, celery, lettuce, potatoes, cherries, strawberries and apples.
2. Avoid canned and processed food
 
Cans contain an array of bisphenols that act similarly to estrogen and oppose the hormone adiponectin, thus increasing the size of fat cells and contributing to doubling the risk of diabetes. Cans containing “BPA-free” labels are not safe either as they contain a large number of bisphenols
 
3. Avoid thermal paper receipts
The receipts from cash registers and credit/debit machines contain the chemical BPA, which can be easily absorbed through your skin. Some companies have banned its usage in several of their products such as water bottles and food containers, but you can still find it in thermal paper receipts. It has been linked to an increase in breast and prostate cancers, cardiovascular disease and reproductive and brain development abnormalities.
Thermal paper discolors easily when scratched with a coin or paperclip. Try not to accept receipts and go paperless instead, but if you must handle them, hold it from the non-glossy backside. Beware when storing the receipts as the BPA rubs off easily on everything such as your pocket, wallet or purse. After handling the receipt, wash your hands with soap and water within 4 minutes, after which it would be too late. If your job requires your ongoing handling of receipts, wear latex gloves. Lastly, do not use a hand sanitizer after touching a possible thermal receipt. Research has shown the BPA level went up by 185% after using skin products such as sunscreens, moisturizer and sanitizers.
 
4. Beware of plastics
Plastics contain phthalates and parabens, which have various effects.
 
5. Create a healthy home
Flame-retardants and other organic pollutants found in electronic devices and furniture accumulate in your household as dust, and can interfere with the normal functioning of the thyroid gland. As such, easy and efficient ways to decrease exposure to such chemicals are by opening the windows regularly to filter the air in the house, vacuuming at least once per week and mopping the house with a wet mop.
 
6. Avoid non-sticking cooking pans
These types of pans contain a substance called perfluoroalkyl, best known as PFAS. They interfere with metabolism and have shown to induce rebound weight gain after a successful diet. An alternative would be to use cast iron or stainless steel cookware.
 
Takeaway message
Endocrine disrupting chemicals are all around us. They have drastic effects on our health and contribute significantly to the development of several non-communicable diseases. Taking control of our health and limiting our everyday exposure to such chemicals has been made easier by those six simple steps. It is never too late to take the reins in looking after our health.
 
The study is done based on the below references:
- Lee, Duk-Hee. "Evidence of the possible harm of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in humans: ongoing debates and key issues." Endocrinology and Metabolism 33.1 (2018): 44-52.
- Lee, Duk-Hee, et al. "Chlorinated persistent organic pollutants, obesity, and type 2 diabetes." Endocrine reviews 35.4 (2014): 557-601.
- Taylor, Kyla W., et al. "Evaluation of the association between persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and diabetes in epidemiological studies: a national toxicology program workshop review." Environmental health perspectives 121.7 (2013): 774-783.
- Kusminski, Christine M., et al. "MitoNEET-driven alterations in adipocyte mitochondrial activity reveal a crucial adaptive process that preserves insulin sensitivity in obesity." Nature medicine 18.10 (2012): 1539.
- Curtis, Sandra. “Is BPA on Thermal Paper A Health Risk?” Plastic Pollution Coalition, Plastic Pollution Coalition, 23 Dec. 2016, www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/blog/2016/12/23/is-bpa-on-thermal-pape....
- Vandenberg, Laura, et al. “Let's Talk EDCs.” Endocrine Society, Endocrine Society, 2019, www.endocrine.org/topics/edc/talking-edcs.
- Trasande, Leonardo. “Avoiding Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: 5 Tips.” Medscape, Medscape, 7 Feb. 2020, www.medscape.com/viewarticle/924846.
 
This study is a general guideline intended for informational purposes only and does not provide medical advice. It is prepared based on information and data available in the references above. GlobeMed neither undertakes nor guarantees that such information is complete and error-free. GlobeMed will not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary, or other damages arising therefrom.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 14:17

GlobeMed Qatar is pleased to announce the launch of its first Coding program in Qatar after being appointed by the Supreme Council of Health as the exclusive training provider on the coding of International Classification of Diseases, and Health Interventions, Australian Modification (ICD10-AM and ACHI).

 

The launching of the program took place on the 23rd of November 2014 in the presence of officials from both the Supreme Council of Health and GlobeMed Qatar.

 

Mr. Rami Rishmani, Deputy General Manager at GlobeMed Qatar, welcomed all 22 students from various healthcare providers and independent individuals in Qatar who showed interest in taking up the SCH approved program that will get them certified after successful completion of the 6 months Coding Program.

Mr. Rishmani expressed confidence that GlobeMed will be up to this new task entrusted to them by the Supreme Council of Health, and they will continue to strive to offer superior services that can contribute in taking healthcare to the next levels.

 

Mr.Husein Reka, Health Insurance Manager at the Supreme Council of Health, stated that this training is part of the many initiatives Supreme Council of Health has taken in the past couple of years as part of the stakeholder preparedness for the Seha scheme,  with the aim of building capacity for accurate data capturing and elevating the quality of healthcare services in the State of Qatar.  

 

In her turn, Mrs. Amira Eid, Coding Unit Director at GlobeMed, proceeded with lecturing the first session of the program that witnessed remarkable attention from attendees.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 09:13

 

GlobeMed Academy has been redesigned to provide you with a new standard for your e-learning experience, and much more.

 

Check it out and learn about the latest trends in customer service, change management and much more!

 

www.globemedacademy.com

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 08:36

The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has appointed the GlobeMed Coding School as the exclusive training vendor for the ICD-10-AM training in Qatar.

 

It is our pleasure to share with you this delightful news. You can at any time click on the newspapers below to read the full Story.

 

We wish you an enjoyable reading, and look forward to sharing more of GlobeMed’s regional achievements.

 

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GlobeMed Qatar's Achievement in Al-Bayan Magazine

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 14:57

Al-Bayan Magazine press clipping regarding GlobeMed Qatar’s recent achievement.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 14:03

During a press conference held on June 10, 2013 in Doha, the SCH announced that GlobeMed has been chosen, as part of the consortium, to serve the universal health program that will be gradually introduced to all nationals and residents of Qatar.

The best things in life evolve

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 09:34

MedNet Liban sal has officially changed its name to GlobeMed Lebanon sal, unveiling its new identity during a press conference held on Thursday, September 27, at La Magnanerie.

H.E. Mr. Michel Pharaon, Chairman of Murex Holding, inaugurated the conference by welcoming the company’s key partners, clients, stakeholders and media representatives and thanking them for their presence. “We are happy to share with you today the start of a new era for our company,” he announced.

Roger Nasnas, Chairman of GlobeMed Lebanon, took the audience back to the creation of the company, when the founders had “a vision, 20 years ago, of a company managing the relationship between the different stakeholders of the healthcare sector” at a time when the country was suffering from serious health problems and a significant lack in health insurance services. “The company that we built together,” added Nasnas, “is the reflection of our commitment, a commitment based on three dimensions: the institutional, the social and the economical.”

Mounir Kharma, CEO of GlobeMed Lebanon, reviewed the expansion of the GlobeMed group throughout the Middle Eastern and African countries, namely in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt, Palestine and Nigeria, and he also stressed on the growing need to join all these affiliate operations under one unified name. “Today, GlobeMed offers international and cross border services to over 80 client insurers, and manages more than 2 million lives through a network that exceeds 500,000 healthcare providers worldwide,” he explained.

Finally, Walid Hallassou, General Manager of GlobeMed Lebanon, unveiled GlobeMed’s new logo and brand identity, highlighting the beliefs that inspired the change. “A new, dynamic and modern image of a visionary company with years of experience that represents GlobeMed’s values: care, innovation, expertise and transparency,” stated Hallassou.

With this new identity, GlobeMed Lebanon asserts its global status and belonging, while preserving its values and strive for excellence.