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Monday, February 10, 2020

In UAE, If You Are Infected with Corona Virus, Your Bill Is Free

Whether they have insurance or not, novel coronavirus (nCoV) patients in the UAE will be treated for free, health authorities assured.

In a recent Dubai Health Authority (DHA) circular issued to hospitals based on directives from the Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap), all DHA-licensed health facilities must consider suspected or confirmed cases of the 2019-nCoV as emergency cases.

The circular stated that all health facilities must classify the cases in two categories: one for those with insurance coverage and another where insurance coverage is unavailable.

"If the patient has insurance, the cases shall be treated as emergencies according to insurance regulation and insurance companies will honour any claims received," it noted.

Meanwhile, for those who are not insured, "the cases shall still be considered emergencies and suspected or confirmed cases will not bear any payment of healthcare costs at any healthcare facilities."

The move aims to ensure the health and safety of the community and to contain patients with confirmed or suspected infection, and provide them with proper health services.

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Currently there are five nCoV-positive patients in the UAE, including a four-member Chinese family and a Chinese tourist.

Recently, one of them--a 73-year-old woman from China--has recovered from coronavirus. She thanked the Emirati health officials for the care provided to her and to the three members of her family.

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