Dubai introduces compulsory insurance for medical tourists

 

Dubai plans to introduce a mandatory insurance product for health tourists to provide cover for unforeseen complications, either during or after a procedure is completed.

Dr Haider Al Yousuf at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) says, "The new policy is in its final stages and will soon become mandatory for medical tourists. This programme has been in operation for health tourists for a while but was optional. We are working with the Health Tourism Council to make the policy mandatory and embed it in the travel insurance required. This will improve the trust of any potential health tourist in Dubai, in the sense that if something goes wrong they are fully covered. We have identified that health tourists require a different kind of cover, as the standard cover is not going to do the job. We need to ensure the whole Dubai experience is complete, whether it is visiting Dubai for tourism or medical reasons, there shouldn’t be any gaps that give a visitor any reason to be unhappy.

Dubai Health Authority has arranged for Alliance Insurance Company to offer a travel insurance package for inbound medical tourists travelling to Dubai. The policy provides cover for additional expenses in the event of an unexpected complication arising from a planned procedure, emergency medical expenses, repatriation, lost luggage and passport. The medical insurance covers any complication or medical liability. If there is a complication, then the patient can return to Dubai free of charge and corrective surgery will be carried out free of charge. This insurance will be valid for a month after the procedure and covers any post-operative complication at no extra cost to the patient.

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