The Dubai government has approved the introduction of new fees for ambulance services, with basic charges starting from AED600 (US$163) for basic services and reaching AED1,200 in cases of emergency.
Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) is authorised to collect the fees directly from the patient’s insurance company for its services. The patient will not have to bear any financial liability for the services, according to a new Executive Council resolution.
As per the resolution, ambulance services will still be provided to patients who are uninsured or whose insurance policy has expired.
Under the new plan, AED600 will be charged for providing basic ambulance services on site without transferring the patient to hospital. The fee is AED800 if the patient is transferred to the nearest hospital. The price then rises further depending on the services and treatment rendered.
The government also stipulates that Dubai police and ambulance services may collect AED6,770 from the insurance company of the person who caused an accident.