May 30 2012
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Mandatory health care law extends insurance coverage
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Abu Dhabi In the emirate of Abu Dhabi, a mandatory health insurance policy established in 2008 has seen nearly 98 per cent of the emirate’s 2.3 million residents covered by health insurance schemes.
While Emiratis have insurance for inpatient and outpatient health care under a plan called Thiqa, expatriates are insured either under the subsidised basic plan provided by The National Health Insurance Company (Daman) or enhanced insurance plans with varying degrees of access.
The insurance plans for expatriate residents are paid for by employers, according to Law No. (23) of 2005 Concerning Health Insurance in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Implementing Regulation. According to this mandate, employers must also provide insurance for an expatriate employee’s wife and three children below the age of 18 years.
When asked why around 2 per cent of the population remained uninsured, a Haad representative said it was because either workers or employers had failed to renew their health insurance on an annual basis.
By Samihah Zaman?Staff Reporter
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