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India issues UAE travel insurance advisory following medical emergencies

Advisory is being issued in line with high medical costs in the UAE

India issues UAE travel insurance advisory following medical emergencies

The Indian diplomatic mission has issued a UAE travel insurance advisory after two Indian tourists suffered medical emergencies in the Gulf country in less than two months.

The advisory said, "Indians travelling to the UAE for visiting or tourism purposes are advised to take adequate medical insurance to cover up any expenditure on medical exigencies".

The first incident saw an old diabetes patient suffer a brain stroke due to blood pressure while on holiday in the UAE, resulting in over $35,400 (AED130,000) in hospital bills, reported Khaleej Times.

The second incident saw a 61-year old retired teacher slip into a coma after a fall led to a head injury and internal haemorrhage. The accident result in $49,000 (AED180,000) in hospital bills despite a 35% discount.

The advisory is being issued in line with high medical costs in the UAE, and the inability of Indian travellers and their families to meet the costs.

In certain cases, medical emergencies abroad are covered by the Indian Community Welfare Fund, according to Consul-General of India to Dubai.

However, in instances of high hospital expenses, the Consul-General will request the hospital to waive off the charges. Most hospitals consider such requests based on humanitarian grounds, he said.

The consulate also provides patients with stretcher costs, air tickets and a medical escort to help them continue treatment in India.

Indian travellers to the UAE can purchase travel insurance for prices as low as $18 (AED65).

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