New law to come into effect next week
UAE expatriate workers have five days until they have to pay an AED500 ($136) fee for issuing and renewing their health card and AED300 ($82) for a replacement if lost.
The new fees were announced last month after Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, issued a Cabinet decision covering health card fees and curative and diagnostic services for non-nationals.
On Tuesday the Ministry of Health confirmed the changes would take effect on September 30.
Health cards allow non-national holders to get a 50 percent discount on healthcare at government facilities.
According to the Dubai Health Authority website, expatriate health card fees for those aged up to 10 years old is AED110, AED210 for those aged 10 to 18 and AED310 for non-nationals aged 18 years and over.
Article No 3 of the decision stipulates that the fees will be levied against curative and diagnostic services provided by the Ministry of Health to expats holding health cards.
These fees will be doubled for those who do not hold ministry-issued health cards.