iFHP Announces New President

iFHP Announces New President

The International Federation of Health Plans (iFHP) announces that Keith Gibbs, Chief Executive of AXA PPP healthcare in the UK, has been elected President of the leading global community of health insurance businesses with effect from 1 January 2016.

The iFHP brings together major health organisations from 6 continents.  The federation facilitates education and the exchange of ideas with the aim of helping to improve health outcomes for the 200 million citizens worldwide that entrust their healthcare to iFHP member firms.

Member firms include Blue Cross plans across Canada; Kaiser Permanente and Aetna in the USA; ARS Humano, Banmedica and Omint in Latin America; Bupa, Malakoff Mederic, Helsana Versicherung, Achmea and Vhi in Europe; Religarein India; Medihelp, CIMAS, Discovery, Hygeia and Polmed in Africa; Medibank, HBF, HCF in Australia and Southern Cross in New Zealand.

Keith Gibbs said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been elected as iFHP President.  The pace of change in healthcare is increasing and there are a number of trends that present real opportunities to improve global health – new technology including wearables, improvements in the understanding of genetics and better data analytics are all positive developments.  Equally we face a number of challenges, such as cost inflation particularly in pharmaceuticals, plus the growth in chronic and lifestyle diseases.  By providing a platform to share insight and work collectively the iFHP can help its members to improve health outcomes for all of our customers.”

Ian McPherson, who is retiring as President of the iFHP and as CEO of Southern Cross New Zealand, said: “I was delighted that the iFHP enabled me to contribute to health improvements more broadly in New Zealand. By working together, health businesses will be better equipped to tackle the challenges of ageing populations and the ever-growing costs of healthcare.”

iFHP will publish its eagerly awaited 2015 cost survey shortly.  This survey provides the only authoritative data source comparing healthcare unit costs across the globe.