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At the moment health insurance is only required by law in Abu Dhabi and a delay in rolling out mandatory health insurance in Dubai is raising concerns over mounting bills at government hospitals which patients can’t afford, employers are reluctant to pay and hospitals can no longer waive.
According to the World Health Organisation, the expenditure on health per capita in the UAE is Dh3,607. This may be far less than that in most Western countries, but the rising cost of providing medical care in a tax-free regime are proving burdensome. The budget of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) alone has seen an annual increase of 20.3 % in five years.
Public health care costs are spiraling out of control in Dubai causing huge concern among expatriates.
Almost on par with private hospitals government hospitals are charging between Dh250 and Dh400 for a consultation, and a bed in the Intensive Care Unit costing up to Dh3,100 per day.
If this is not worrying enough, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has decided to charge expatriate cancer patients for chemotherapy from May this year.
As things stand, emergency treatment for critically injured or ill patients is free at government hospitals until their condition stabilises. However, they are billed once they are shifted to other wards for treatment.
(Our source: Sharmila Dhal, Senior Reporter Xpress. Published in Xpress on April 28, 2011).
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