Emirates ID to replace health cards in Dubai by Q1 2017

DHA expects 100% residents to have health cover by year-end

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Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has extended the deadline for replacement of health cards with Emirates ID cards to first quarter of 2017.

The authority had previously announced early 2016 as the deadline.

“We are moving all insurance cards to Emirates ID in the next few months, say by the first quarter of 2017,” Dr Haidar Al Yousuf, director of Health Funding at the DHA, told Gulf News.

He added the authority was pushing the insurance companies to comply with the new deadline but some companies were facing technical difficulties.

Nearly 3.4 million residents have already registered for insurance coverage in Dubai and expected to achieve the 100 percent by year-end.

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Posted by: Veronica Chapman

Whom do the residents of over 65 go to, because I was in BUPA 25 years then after that age they put it so high I couldn't afford it, don't say go back to the UK as all my family and grand children live in the UAE, at the moment I pay for dental treatment, and private clinic. But what is scary is if you got some serious illness.

Posted by: Old timer

I am in the same position and stopped BUPA international for the same reason. I didn't bother with insurance here after that as a week in hospital with quite a serious illness cost less than a year's BUPA premium. Under the new scheme AXA offered me cover for far less than they used to charge before which I will have to take in order to renew my residency. Generally though, the insurance companies are completely thrown when you give your age and admit that they are not geared up for us oldies!

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