Dubai Health Authority to fully implement mandatory health insurance by June

Dubai: With over 75 per cent of Dubai’s expatriates already benefiting from the mandatory health insurance, which began coming into effect in phases starting January 2014, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced that it is on the verge of fully implementing Dubai’s mandatory health insurance scheme ISAHD (Bringing Happiness) by the end of June.

DHA is currently in the third and final phase of implementing the scheme on companies with less than 100 employees — including all spouses, dependants and domestic workers

Dr Haidar Al Yousuf, director of Public Health Funding at DHA, said: “We have 25 per cent of Dubai’s residents left to cover by June, we hope to have close to 100 per cent covered by the insurance by the end of next month.”

He added that the implementation of the scheme — to have all Dubai residents covered by health insurance — is going according to the adopted time frame. Dr Al Yousuf said that linking the health insurance scheme to visa issuance and renewal in partnership with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) contributed to the success of the implementation process.

Dr Al Yousuf called on all companies to insure their employees before the end of June, to avoid penalties.