By Gavin Gibbon
Dubai Health Authority instructs facilities to treat suspected or confirmed cases of deadly virus regardless of insurance status
Suspected cases of coronavirus in the UAE will be treated regardless of whether the patient has insurance cover or not, according to a circular issued to hospitals by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).
Authorities have called on all DHA-licensed facilities to treat suspected or confirmed cases of the deadly virus as emergencies.
According to the circular: “If the patient has insurance, the cases shall be treated as emergencies according to insurance regulation and insurance companies will honour any claims received.”
With regard to instances where people are not insured, "the cases shall still be considered emergencies and suspected or confirmed cases will not bear any payment of healthcare costs at any healthcare facilities", it added.
“This is to ensure the health and safety of the community and to contain patients with confirmed or suspected infection, and provide them with proper health services.”
There are currently five cases of coronavirus being treated in the UAE.
The new coronavirus that appeared late December has claimed 563 lives, infected more than 28,000 people in mainland China and spread to more than 20 countries.