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UAE health ins. premiums up 8% in 2020

Thursday, 05 20 2021, Category: Insurance and Reinsurance, Country: U.A.E
Dubai: Are you getting the feeling you are paying more on your health insurance? The chances are that you are.

Medical insurance premiums in the UAE actually increased by 8 per cent last year – which is higher than the growth in inflation, according to Alvarez & Marsal, the consultancy. This is over and above the increases in recent years.

The breakout of COVID-19, ironically, would not have been a factor in the increase in insurance premiums. Much of the COVID-19 related treatment was footed by the local authorities, or was heavily subsidized.

Plus, with the nation focused fully on countering the pandemic, for much of last year, fewer people were turning up at hospitals and clinics for consultation. Also, elective surgery and other inpatient procedures were postponed where possible.

Against this background, the rise in insurance premiums would come as a big blow to employers, who have to offer compulsory cover for their workforce.

Source: Gulf Time News
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