UAE residents will be able to soon use their Emirates ID cards to avail insurance benefits at healthcare centres in Dubai.
According to a top official at the Dubai Healthy Authority (DHA), the plan to replace medical insurance cards with Emirates ID card will unfold through 2016.
A few months ago, during the launch of Saada insurance scheme, officials had said the Emirates ID card will be used instead of a conventional insurance card to offer a comprehensive mandatory preventive care programme.
Saada, Enaya insurance customers make the switch
So far nearly 90 per cent Emiratis and nearly 70 per cent of expatriates in Dubai have been brought under the mandatory insurance cover under Saada and Enaya insurance schemes .
“Our aim is to ensure that the entire population under medical cover can use their Emirates ID when availing medical care,” said Dr Haider Al Yousuf, Director of Health Funding at DHA.
“Those using Saada and Enaya insurance have their insurance accounts linked to their Emirates ID, and can safely use them,” Dr Al Yousuf added.
He explained that work is on to get all medical insurance companies on board. “We plan to link all medical insurances to Emirates ID, and we expect the full transition to happen by the end of the year.”