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Dubai launches new health insurance payment system

System to be implemented across hospitals, clinics over three years from 2017

Dubai launches new health insurance payment system
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The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is adopting a new health insurance payment system aimed at improving the transparency and quality of healthcare services, it announced on Tuesday.

The executive council said it decided to adopt the new system following a series of meetings with insurance provides and after studying the benefits of the existing insurance policy in place for the past two years, including benchmarking it against international practices.

The pilot phase will begin in 2017 for hospital accommodation and last until the end of 2017. At the start of 2018, the pilot phase for outpatient clinics will begin, with the full system in place by 2019, according to the DHA.

Humaid Al Qatami, chairman of the board and director general of the DHA, said the system would simplify payment processes, encourage administrative efficiency and base payments on the health of patients and hospital resources, rather than length of stay.

He added that the new system was an important step in developing health services in Dubai, because adopting a clear pricing method allows hospitals and clinics to offer fair prices and allows for investment opportunities based on approved standards.

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