ABU DHABI, The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate, in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), has introduced flexible health insurance option in Abu Dhabi. The newly launched option seeks to elevate the Emirate’s position as an attractive destination for entrepreneurs and investors that seek to live and work in the Emirate as well as broaden access to world-class healthcare services for all community members in accordance with the highest standards of quality and efficiency. In response to the rising needs of the market, the 'flexible health insurance' policy targets current and future entrepreneurs and investors, while attracting more investments in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The new 'flexible health insurance' policy provides entrepreneurs, investors, and others with an insurance option at a low and competitive cost while flexible insurance holders can upgrade their insurance coverage in agreement with the insurance provider. Several categories can subscribe to the new insurance option according to conditions set by the Department of Health.
As part of the new insurance option, health insurance providers will evaluate the condition and medical record of the insured to determine whether they will accept the request for inclusion in the 'flexible health insurance’ policy. The flexible health insurance policy benefits the following categories which includes expatriates residing in the emirate who work in the private sector, provided that their monthly income exceeds AED5,000. In addition to desiring investors and holders of free business licenses, their families and their employees as well as the family of the resident expatriate and his workers who are not covered by health insurance from the employer (governmental or private).
The 'flexible health insurance' policy is added to the health insurance options currently available in the Emirate, including the enhanced health insurance and basic health insurance. The 'flexible health insurance' policy is characterised by insurance coverage for the costs of treatment services amounting to AED 150,000 annually, 100% emergency coverage, 20% copay of the cost of all outpatient treatment services and 30% copay for medications. Policy holders can benefit from healthcare services in a network of healthcare providers in the Emirate, with the possibility of upgrading insurance coverage according to the patient’s needs.
DoH indicated that companies or individuals wishing to subscribe to the 'flexible health insurance' policy must contact health insurance companies when the current health insurance policy is about to expire to obtain more details and apply to the 'flexible health insurance' if the eligibility conditions are met.
Dr. Mariam Al Mazrouei, Executive Director of Healthcare Payers Sector at the DoH, said: “The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH) continues to update the regulations of the healthcare system in the Emirate with the aim of providing world-class health services to all members of the community. The 'flexible health insurance' policy in cooperation with the ADDED was initiated with the aim of providing a health insurance package that enhances competitiveness in the sector while attracting businesses in the private sector. This is in light of what Abu Dhabi represents as a leading destination for those wishing to develop their businesses in various fields, due to its advanced infrastructure and incentive measures.”
Dr. Al Mazrouei added: “Based on the Emirate’s pioneering health insurance system, our primary goal is to ensure that all members of the community in the Emirate receive insurance coverage that enables them to obtain the healthcare services in accordance with international standards and best practices. We have been keen to provide more insurance options that suit the various requirements of individuals while enhancing competitiveness between health insurance companies and healthcare providers in Abu Dhabi, which will reflect positively on the quality of health services and consequently the health and well-being of community members.”
Hala Khaled Al Ameri, Executive Director of the Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi (COAD) at the ADDED, said: “The launch of the flexible health insurance policy further solidifies Abu Dhabi’s position on the global stage as a target destination for international talents and businesses. The Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi remains committed to constantly enhancing the livability in the Emirate by rolling-out initiatives that attract and retain talented cadres. Initiatives such as the flexible health insurance, eases the burden on businesses especially start-ups, as they join the business world. The new policy will reduce costs on investors and talents in the private sector whilst providing a world-class healthcare experience with the flexibility to matchmake a healthcare package based on customer needs, geographical coverage and benefits. “
Since the health insurance launch in 2005 under Abu Dhabi Law No. (23) of 2005 and its executive regulations, Abu Dhabi has been able to enhance community members' access to healthcare services and raise the levels of competitiveness among healthcare providers in the Emirate, thus improving the quality of services and consolidating the Emirate's position as a leading healthcare destination in the world.
Source: Emirates News Agency