The author of this story, MODERN HEALTHCARE Associate Publisher and Editor Clark W. Bell, participated in a trade/study mission to South Africa organized by Jonathan Lewis, president of the Academy for International Health Studies.
Lewis organizes two such missions for senior executives of U.S. healthcare companies each year and produces the annual Summit on International Managed Care Trends, which will be held Dec. 9-12 in Miami Beach, Fla. Lewis, 49, former executive director of the California Association of Health Maintenance Organizations, founded the Davis, Calif.-based academy in 1993.
The March 18-26 trip to South Africa included sessions with leading providers, insurers, economists, investors and government officials in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The trade mission also overlapped with the biennial conference of the International Federation of Health Funds in Cape Town, as well as President Clinton's visit to South Africa.
The delegation also included representatives from the American Association of Health Plans; AvMed Health Plan; CAPP Care; Cigna HealthCare; Employers Reinsurance Corp.; Epstein, Becker & Green; HBO & Co.; HIP Health Plans; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan; Medical Care Management Co.; Milliman & Robertson; PacifiCare Health Systems; Physicians Health Services; Searle; UHP Health Plan; and United American Healthcare Corp.