Saudi Arabia – No approval needed for health emergencies
Wednesday, 01 10 2018, Category: Insurance and Reinsurance, Country: Saudi Arabia
The Council of Cooperative Health Insurance has confirmed that treating emergency cases no longer requires prior approval from insurance companies, as long as the service provider informs the insurance company within 24 hours of receiving the case.
The council’s spokesperson, Yaser Al-Maarek, urged insured individuals to become familiar with their insurance company’s policy. He also stressed how important it is for them to be aware about the intricacies of the cooperative health insurance system and know their rights.
Fuaad Hawasawi, a health insurance expert, told Arab News: “It’s natural that hospitals are being required to take action now as a service provider. Hospitals are now more in command as they are capable of treating the patient, performing surgeries if needed and after that, they’re required to inform the insurance company of the case within 24 hours. After that, the insurance company can pay the hospital bill and the insured should only pay a specific amount depending on his insurance card, 10 percent of the amount or so.”
Source: Eye of Riyadh