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Dubai Health Authority Calls On Individual Sponsors And Company Owners To Renew Employees’ Health Insurance To Avoid Fines

In The iPMI Picture: Dr Haidar Al Yousef, the Director of the Health Funding Department at DHA. In The iPMI Picture: Dr Haidar Al Yousef, the Director of the Health Funding Department at DHA.

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) calls on individual sponsors and company owners in Dubai to renew the health insurance of their employees and dependents to avoid any fines.

Dr Haidar Al Yousef, the Director of the Health Funding Department at DHA said sponsors and company owners who violate the Dubai Insurance Law by not renewing their employees and dependent’s insurance every year will be fined AED 500 per person per month as per Law 6 for the year 2017. He added that the fine will be deducted automatically via the electronic system at the time of renewing of the visa. In order to avoid violating the law and hence being fined, the DHA advices all sponsors and company owners to abide by the Dubai health Insurance law to avoid violations and fines.

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Meanwhile, Dr Al Yousef revealed that 14 pharmacies and clinics were fined between AED20,000 to AED60,000 for violating and trying to manipulate the Dubai mandatory Health Insurance law. The DHA revealed the violations were found during surprise and routine inspections conducted by the Authority’s Health Funding Department as well as from member complaints.

Al Yousef said the five pharmacies were for fined for purposely disbursing more medication than what’s needed, disbursing medication that is not needed and manipulating medical prescriptions. The nine clinics on the other hand were fined for conducting unrequired medical tests and manipulating financial statements. The Dubai Health Insurance Law No 11 of 2013 was adopted under the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

According to the Dubai Health Insurance Law that came into effect in January 2014, the legal liability for every sponsor is to provide an essential insurance package— fixed between Dh550 and Dh700— so that those with salaries under Dh4,000 receive adequate cover. Earlier this month DHA announced the launch of the Basmah initiative, making Dubai the first government entity in the world to provide a complete spectrum of care from screening to treatment for three types of cancer under the basic benefit plan of the Dubai Mandatory Health Insurance Scheme.

Basmah is an initiative of the DHA’s Health Funding department and under this initiative, the basic benefit plan of the Dubai Mandatory Health Insurance Scheme now covers screening as well as treatment of breast, colorectal and cervical cancer. Prior to this scheme, cancer coverage under the mandatory health insurance scheme as part of the basic benefit plan was limited to AED 150,000. Now, that is no longer the case. Under the scheme, those detected with breast, colorectal or cervical cancer will receive coverage from screening until treatment. So far, more than 4 million Dubai residents are covered by the Dubai health insurance initiative.

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