Dubai Health Authority has confirmed that the screening and treatment of three types of Cancer will now be covered by its ‘Basic Benefits’ insurance plan.
The decision, announced this weekend, means that the Emirate is now the first in the region to provide care and support to all visa holders, throughout their battle with the condition.
Under the scheme the screening and treatment of breast, colorectal and cervical cancers will be covered, with director of health funding at the DHA, Dr Haidar Al Yousuf, hailing the change.
Speaking to the Khaleej Times, he said: “This is a milestone in terms of health insurance coverage,we have redefined health insurance through this initiative.
“Screening is as per a criteria which includes several factors such as the age of the patient et cetera. If a patient is detected with any of the three cancers during this screening then the DHA patient tracking and follow-up centre is automatically notified. They then ensure that the complete treatment process for the patient is smooth and streamlined."
“Prior to this scheme cancer coverage under the mandatory health insurance was limited to Dh150,000. Now this is no longer the case, and so insurance companies will continue to offer coverage and treatment won’t stop.
The DHA hope that the introduction of the new scheme will convince more people to get scanned earlier in their life, thus increasing a patient’s chances of detecting and dealing with the symptoms at an earlier stage.
As Cancer rates in the Emirates continue to rise, now has been identified as the ideal time to start raising awareness of the importance of being scanned early. This is something that Director General of the DHA, Humaid Al Qutami, is keen to highlight. He said: “In line with the ‘Vision 2021’ plan, this initiative will help in early diagnosis as screening is now a part of the ‘Basic Benefits’ plan. Additionally, we will be able to provide financial and emotional support to patients suffering from these three types of cancer.
“This is possible because of the support of our partners, both governmental and private. Our aim is to provide the highest level of quality care for patients and to support them in the best way we can.”
Whilst the UAE has been hit by the slump in the oil price, it still remains a highly attractive location for medics looking at taking their skills overseas. Investment remains high, with the country’s aims of becoming a health tourism hotspot being a key component in moving the economy beyond oil.
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