The establishment of a federal health insurance authority to regulate the health insurance industry across the United Arab Emirates has moved a step closer.
Compulsory health insurance for expats and their dependants began in Abu Dhabi, the federal capital of the UAE, in January 2008.
Dubai, the UAE’s biggest emirate in population terms, has established a steering committee with compulsory insurance expected to be introduced this year.
Other emirates are expected to follow suit.
The introduction of a federal authority to regulate UAE standards in compulsory health insurance cover means that progress can be made. They are seeking comments from the various emirates. Other ministries, such as justice, labour and health are also being consulted.
The UEA has a population under 5 million, but there are 60000 British expats living there.
International health insurance: News update: January 2008