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Dubai announces mandatory health insurance

The Dubai Health Authority has announced a much-awaited plan for mandatory health insurance in Dubai.

Under the scheme, nationals, expatriates and visitors will all receive basic health insurance coverage.

All residents and expatriates will have to register with a primary healthcare centre of their choice.

Employers will be responsible for providing insurance cover to their employees. Where there is no employer, a resident of Dubai will be responsible for insuring dependents and those sponsored by them.

Employers will have to pay between Dh500 to Dh800 per person for cover. People who want to increase their cover will have an option to top-up their policy to include additional services.

The scheme will be rolled out in phases with the first phase due to begin on 1 January 2009.

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