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Dubai adds cancer treatment to basic health insurance plan

Dubai Health Authority launches Basmah initiative to cover screening and treatment of three cancers
By Staff writer
Fri 22 Dec 2017 12:19 AM

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced the launch of a new initiative, making Dubai the first government in the world to provide a complete spectrum of care from screening to treatment for three types of cancer under the basic benefit plan of the Dubai Mandatory Health Insurance Scheme.

Basmah is an initiative of the DHA’s Health Funding department and covers screening as well as treatment of breast, colorectal and cervical cancer.

Humaid Al Qutami, chairman and director-general of the DHA, said: “This initiative will help in early diagnosis as screening is now a part of the basic benefit plan. Additionally, we will be able to provide financial and emotional support to patients suffering from these three types of cancer.

"This is possible because of the support of our partners, both government and private. Our aim is to provide the highest level of quality care for patients and to support them the best we can.”

Dr Haidar Al Yousuf, director of Health Funding, added: “This is a milestone in terms of health insurance coverage and we have redefined health insurance through this initiative."

Prior to this scheme, cancer coverage under the mandatory health insurance scheme as part of the basic benefit plan was limited to AED150,000.

The funding department recently added screening services for diabetes, heart disease, new born and developmental screening as part of the mandatory health insurance cover.

In future, the department hopes to include screening for other diseases such as Hepatitis C.

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Last Updated: Fri 22 Dec 2017 12:18 AM GST

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