Abu Dhabi orders hospitals: treat emergency patients regardless of ins.
Thursday, 12 12 2019, Category: Health, Country: U.A.E
Public and private hospitals must treat emergency patients regardless of their health insurance cover, the Abu Dhabi government said.
Medical chiefs were told they cannot ask for payment up front or delay treatment for financial reasons.
The circular was sent to "all health service providers in Abu Dhabi emirate, reiterating the importance of receiving/treating all emergency cases - regardless of validity of the insurance cards - and to ensure that hospitals are prepared to accept or refer necessary cases," Abu Dhabi Government Media Office said on Wednesday.
The warning came days after a father accused two Al Ain hospitals of negligence in connection with the death of his son, though the statement made no mention of the case or any other.
Abu Dhabi hospitals are already obliged to treat patients regardless of their medical cover, following an order from the health authorities several years ago.
Source: The National