Nearly half of UAE residents worry about medical expenses

New data from Cigna shows that a vast majority of UAE residents medicate when ill
Almost 50 percent of UAE residents are concerned about their ability to pay their family or their own medical expenses above their mandatory employee coverage.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Tue 17 Oct 2017 11:14 AM

Almost 50 percent of UAE residents are concerned about their ability to pay their family or their own medical expenses above their mandatory employee coverage, according to data from global health services company Cigna Corporation.

The annual 360 well-being survey also found that one in five UAE residents delay necessary health checks, with 93 preferring to self-medicate when unwell.

Additionally, the survey found gaps in workplace health insurance benefits, with 45 percent of respondents saying they pay for their out of pocket medical expenses, compared to 37 percent who said their employer-provided insurance covers their medical expenses.

The survey ranked the UAE fifth in overall health and wellbeing, behind India, Thailand, China and Spain. 'Family health' was found to be the UAE’s top score in five areas examined, while financial health was the weakest.

The release of the survey data coincides with Cigna’s launch of the ‘Cigna Healthguard’ plan, which caters to Dubai residens. The plan offers hospital treatment, maternity care, outpatient and specialist services, prescriptions, mental health care and out of area emergency cover. The plan – which is compliant with Dubai Health Authority regulations – can be purchased at three levels based on an individual’s travel and budget requirements.

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