Emergency insurance for visitors, extension of residents' essential basic packages to cover specific programmes in cancer treatment , newborn screenings and stringent regulation of premiums will soon come into effect in Dubai, a top official of Dubai Health Authority has said.
Dr Haider Al Yousuf, director of health funding at DHA, speaking to XPRESS: “All of this already exists to a certain extent. But in 2018, they will be implemented on a larger scale. While emergency coverage will be applicable to all visitors, essential basic packages for residents will also cover structured programmes in the treatment of cervical, colorectal and breast cancers, besides screenings of newborns and milestone’s in a child’s development.”
He said the number of people insured in Dubai had increased from 1.1 million in 2013 to 4.6 million after the rollout of mandatory health insurance was completed this year. Premiums remained stable during the four-year period, he added.