Dubai offers grace period for health insurance
With less than one month until the June 30 deadline to get health insurance for dependents, the elderly and domestic workers, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced that no fines will be given until the beginning of 2017.
The six-month grace period will allow individuals and their dependents to get the legally compulsory health insurance.
“The visa link for small companies will, however, be activated soon after June 30, but individuals and families will now have until the end of the year to comply,” said Dr Haider Al Yousuf, Director of Health Funding at DHA. “But we urge everyone to abide by the law, which aims to protect not only their dependents but also the sponsors,” he added.
At the moment, about 60 per cent of people with Dubai visas fall into the third category, which covers companies with 100 or less employees, and includes all residents, domestic workers and dependents of employees – who do not have any insurance.
Approximately 3.8 million people are on Dubai residence visas. Around 75 per cent of the Dubai population who have Dubai visas already have mandatory health insurance.
It is expected that almost 95 per cent of resident with Dubai visas will have to come under the mandatory health insurance cover within the new deadline by end of 2016.