How the new health insurance law works

The new health insurance law for Dubai, which will be implemented from the beginning of 2014 in phases to be completed by 2016, is a step in the right direction. It will bring every resident of Dubai under its umbrella, offering them basic health coverage as a baseline. However, there are a few concerns about how the new insurance initiative will work and what it means for an individual. Gulf News spoke to Dr Haidar Al Yousuf, Director of Funding at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to throw light on the matter.

How many people in Dubai will the new insurance scheme cover?

The entire population of the emirates of Dubai will come under the purview of the new health insurance law. This includes nationals and expatriates numbering about 3 million. There will be different schemes for visitors as in their case, we are looking at emergency treatments. The particulars of this scheme scheme will be announced in time.

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