LOGAN, Utah -- Officials of PacifiCare Health Systems said they regret the timing of an ad that ran at the same time the company began looking for a buyer of its Utah operations. The half-page ad purchased by the HMO in the Logan Herald-Journal states, "Why is PacifiCare becoming the plan of choice for Northern Utah?" Reports ran the same day about the company's financial woes and its search for a buyer for its Utah operations. PacifiCare spokesman Dee Brewer said the ad apparently was purchased weeks in advance by the company's marketing department. The company's Salt Lake City office didn't learn of plans to sell its Utah operations until last week and then sent out a news release. Brewer reiterated a pledge that coverage for people with PacifiCare insurance will continue uninterrupted until the sale. Brewer said PacifiCare's Utah operation most likely will be sold to an insurance company already operating in the state.
IRVINE, Calif. -- In collaboration with the Egyptian Minister of Health and Population, the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine has launched a two-year program to train Egyptian physicians in family medicine. The Egyptian doctors then will train their counterparts in Egypt. Beginning in January, teams of four to six Egyptian physicians will spend about four months at UCI studying family medicine education at the postgraduate level. After each training session, the Egyptian physicians will return to Egypt along with a team of UCI faculty. UCI physicians will assist in implementing family practice postgraduate education in Egypt and host a series of one-week courses in family medicine, along with each group of newly trained doctors. The cost to the Egyptian ministry will be about $510,000, not including travel and accommodation expenses of UCI faculty.