Dubai ins. plan to cover hepatitis C
Tuesday, 07 10 2018, Category: Health, Country: U.A.E
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA), on Monday, announced the inclusion of free screening and treatment for hepatitis C under the basic benefit plan of the Dubai Mandatory Health Insurance Scheme.
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HVC). According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 399,000 people die each year from hepatitis C, mostly from cirrhosis and liver cancer, often due to late diagnosis of the disease.
Presently, prevalence of the disease in Dubai is approximately 0.23 per cent of the population. Humaid Al Qattami, Director-General of the DHA, said: "Ninety-eight per cent of the population in Dubai has the mandatory health insurance scheme and thus focusing on preventive medicine through this scheme ensures wide coverage, and directly benefits the community.
"The programme will especially help those with limited coverage. It will lead to early diagnosis, reduced complications and provide financial and emotional support to patients with hepatitis C," he said.
He added that in December 2017, Dubai became the first government body in the world to cover screening and treatment of three types of the most curable cancers.
Source: Khaleej Times