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39 health insurance violations exposed in Abu Dhabi

Senior official says prosecutors alerted after fraud cases revealed.

Health chiefs in Abu Dhabi have called in prosecutors after uncovering 39 cases of health insurance violations, it was announced on Sunday.

The Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD) said that some of the cases had been uncovered to prosecutors after the inspectors discovered suspected cases of "fraud and abuse".

Other cases were referred to the legal affairs at HAAD to issue fines, news agency WAM reported.

HAAD's Health Insurance Regulation Department made a total of more than 600 inspection visits in 2009 to public and private healthcare providers in Abu Dhabi to monitor the compliance with health insurance law.

Zaid Al Siksek, CEO of HAAD, said in comments published by WAM: "The inspections are part of HAAD's continuous monitoring of the compliance of all participants with the health insurance law to make sure that everyone has access to health services and that companies and individuals are protected from fraudulent and abusive behaviour."

Although HAAD normally informs the companies in advance of the inspection visit, it is authorised to carry out visits without prior notice if it receives a complaint against a specific company that requires immediate action.

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