The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced that 98 per cent of Dubai residents-more than 4 million- now have health insurance.

Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director General of DHA said that this big accomplishment adds to Dubai’s numerous achievements, making it among the pioneers in the health field.

He said that exceeding the 4 million mark is a testimonial to the level of awareness that Dubai residents have about the importance of the insurance law in preserving their safety and health. He added that it also reaffirms their trust in the health services, programs and initiatives of the authority.

The Dubai Health Insurance Law No 11 of 2013 was adopted under the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed 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.

Dr Haidar Al Yousuf, Director of Health Funding at DHA said that all the insurance companies are working nonstop to cope with the companies and individuals who want to get the health insurance. He added that there has also been large number of online transactions on the insurance company’s websites.

Al Yousef also said that it is expected that the rest of the residents who did not complete the procedures will do so in the upcoming days.

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