3 cancers to be covered in Dubai
Monday, 12 11 2017, Category: Insurance and Reinsurance, Country: U.A.E
Three kinds of curable cancers will be completely covered by insurance in the Essential Basic Package (EBP) under the mandatory health insurance cover provided by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).
DHA officials on Sunday announced the launch of the Basmah initiative, making Dubai the first government entity in the world to provide a complete spectrum of care, from screening to treatment, for breast, colorectal and cervical cancers under the EBP. The announcement makes cancer care in these categories effective with effect from today for those having the basic cover, subject to the cancer being detected during routine screening examination.
The Basmah initiative will cover both the screening and treatment of the three cancers under the basic health cover where screening will be strictly as per the international screening criteria.
Dr Haidar Al Yousuf, Director of Health Funding at DHA, said: “This is a milestone in terms of health insurance coverage and we have redefined health insurance through this initiative. Prior to this scheme, cancer coverage under the mandatory health insurance scheme as part of the basic benefit plan was limited to Dh150,000. Now that is no longer the case. Under the scheme, those detected with breast, colorectal or cervical cancer will receive coverage from screening until treatment.”
Source: Gulf News