Dubai’s Health Authority (The DHA) has issued its first fines to health centres, clinics and insurance companies for violating the Emirate's health insurance laws. Whilst a further six clinics are facing legal prosecutions for alleged fraud.
In a graphic published on the DHA’s website the health authority revealed a staggering range of offences which have already been carried out, potentially leading to hefty fines and even licenses being suspended or revoked.
This includes practices altering diagnoses in order to settle claims, ordering unnecessary lab tests and even submitting invoices before procedures have been carried out.
Some of the Emirate’s insurance providers are also facing action for failing to meet customer service standards, offering packages that they are unlicensed to provide and advertising false or misleading information.
Speaking to the DHA’s website Dr Haidar Al Yousef, director of health funding, said: "Some healthcare providers and insurers did not comply completely with the health insurance law and circulars issued by the health funding department. We observed this through inspection visits, compliance meetings as well as complaints received from different parties involved in the system. Therefore, we have resorted to fining them to avoid such acts in the future."
Fines of between Dh10,000 and Dh80,000 (£2100 and £17,500) have already been issued to medical groups, whilst those have failed to cover their dependents face fines of Dh500 (£108) per month, per dependent until they arrange cover.
Despite these issues the long awaited introduction of mandatory health cover in Dubai looks to have been a success, with over 99% of the Emirates’ 2.75m population believed to be covered.