A senior health official in Dubai has called on all employers to ensure that the health insurance of their employees is renewed in line with the mandatory provisions of Health Insurance Law Number 11 of 2013.
This comes at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has led companies to initiate a work-from-home policy, with most offices remaining closed while disinfection drives continue across the country.
“We fully recognise the challenges faced by organisations, sectors and communities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We must comply with the basic need of employees which is the mandatory health insurance policy and therefore if the employee’s policy needs to be issued or renewed, the employer or sponsor should fulfil his obligation,” said Saleh Al Hashimi, CEO of Dubai Health Insurance Corporation.
According to official news agency WAM, he added that patients require medical insurance as their basic need to receive care across government and private hospitals and health centres.
He also urged businesses and companies to meet the minimum insurance criteria to ensure they do not burden the health system. “These are unprecedented times and we will overcome this global challenge; in the meantime, we need to move ahead keeping our responsibility in mind, with commitment and cooperation.”
On April 20, the UAE reported 484 additional coronavirus cases in the country, taking the total number of confirmed cases up to 7,265.