Dubai residents will be able to replace their health insurance cards with their Emirates ID cards by the first quarter of 2017, Gulf News has reported citing a senior official from Dubai Health Authority.
“We are moving all insurance cards to Emirates ID in the next few months, say by the first quarter of 2017,” Dr Haidar Al Yousuf, director of Health Funding at the DHA, told Gulf News.
The new deadline for insurance companies to integrate the insurance card details into Emirates ID cards was revealed at the DHA stand during the inaugural day of the 36th Gitex Technology Week.
“No one will need to carry their insurance cards then … The moment the provider swipes the card, there will be a screen showing all the details about the card and services,” said Dr Al Yousuf.
The insurance companies, he said, can still choose to provide their cards to customers if they wish to. However, linking the scheme details with the Emirates ID card is a must for them.
About 3.4 million residents have already registered for insurance coverage in Dubai.
“By the end of the year, we hope to reach close to 100 per cent of our target population,” Dr Al Yousuf said, saying that families and other dependants of individuals will have to be covered by the end of December.
Dr Al Yousuf said the authority is pushing the insurance companies to comply with the new deadline.
He said some companies which are facing technical difficulties need to resolve them so that all insurance companies’ details can be incorporated in a central database to enable the use of Emirates ID for health insurance services.