The new deadline for health insurance in Dubai has been set at March 31st, with the scheme also being expanded to cover Dubai visa holders living in neighbouring Emirates.
It’s the latest extension that the scheme has been granted, with it originally meant to be mandatory for everyone within the Emirate by the start of the year. This time however it has been restructured to include all of the other Emirates that make up the UAE - with the exception of Abu Dhabi which already has its own health insurance scheme.
Insurance prices start at just Dh550 (£122) per year, and with more than 50 companies offering a diverse range of plans there is sure to be a policy available to suit everyone.
Speaking at the announcement of the new deadline and restructuring, Dr Haider Al Yousuf, Director of Health Funding at the Dubai Health Authority outlined the reasons for the changes: "Many Dubai resident visa-holders live in Sharjah and the Northern Emirates. This mandate ensures that they have coverage in the Emirate they live in, so that they can access healthcare when they need it at a location that is convenient to them.”
With recent statistics showing that around 98% of people in Dubai are already covered by insurance the March deadline is likely to be the last granted by the DHA before the fines are introduced.
It is hoped that the introduction of compulsory insurance in the country will allow even more investment to be injected into the already generously funded healthcare sector - further ensuring that Dubai stays at the forefront of medical technology and tourism for years to come, whilst securing the long term financial future of the UAE’s healthcare sector.
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