By Staff writer
Dubai Health Authority says it has fined 25 health centres, clinics, insurance brokers and insurance companies
Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has revealed that it has fined 25 health centres, clinics, insurance brokers and insurance companies for violating the new mandatory health insurance law.
In a statement carried by state news agency WAM, DHA added that it has referred six clinics for prosecution for potential fraudulent activities, without naming them.
DHA said that the violations were discovered during surprise and routine inspections conducted by the authority’s Health Funding Department as well as from member complaints.
Dr Haidar Al Yousef, director of the Health Funding Department at DHA, said that the fines imposed ranged from AED10,000 to AED80,000.
"Some healthcare providers and insurers didn’t comply completely with the health insurance law and the circulars issued by the health funding department. We observed this through inspection visits, compliance meetings as well complaints received from different parties involved in the system. Therefore we have resorted to fining them to avoid such acts in the future," he said.
Al Yousef said that violating facilities received an initial warning which was followed by a fine.
Some were referred for prosecution and may face criminal punishment due to potential fraudulent activities, he added.
The law aims to protect the rights of individuals by ensuring that they are covered by health insurance.
Employers and sponsors who fail to provide mandatory health insurance cover are now liable to a fine of AED500 per month. Apart from the fine, no new visas will be granted and no existing visas renewed without health insurance, according to the DHA.For all the latest health tips & news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Since your card issuance is not simple. My suggestion is that warning is okay but fines is not fair at this stage. Companies are in difficulties due to business problem. Also make it simple and one window service.
In addition to investigating companies, DHA should do an investigation on the approved insurance companies, who are still bridging violations by dropping insurance on people due to age, refusing coverage or penalizing customers due to pre-existing condition. Also, I found that aged people were forced to have maternity coverage which I thought was unfair. Also, when interviewing people in various sectors, I found that many stated to me that although they were given insurance by their employer it was not usable. Its a new process, so there will be companies that will try to evade covering their employees, there will be insurance companies that will evade following DHA regulations and there will be uninsured dependents.