Abu Dhabi Expands Medical Insurance Coverage For Non-Emiratis At Two Key Hospitals
Two large public hospitals in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi will for the first time accept medical insurance plans owned by non-Emiratis.
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi City and Tawam Hospital in Al Ain will offer their services to residents on any insurance plan.
Treatment was previously limited to patients benefiting from the Thiqa plan, reserved for Emiratis, as well as emergency cases and people referred by private hospitals.
Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha), which operates the capital’s public hospitals, said that “the extension of coverage is in line with Abu Dhabi’s vision to provide quality health care to all of its citizens and residents “.
“Citizens and residents of the United Arab Emirates will now be able to access the services of SKMC and Tawam Hospital,” he said.
Sheikh Khalifa is one of the largest hospitals in the Emirates, with 531 beds and a popular pediatric center that includes an intensive and emergency care unit.
Tawam Hospital is home to the National Cancer Treatment Center, as well as many other departments.
Medical coverage is mandatory for residents of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, although the level of insurance may limit treatment to certain conditions, hospitals and clinics.
In 2018, Abu Dhabi’s main maternity hospital, Corniche Hospital, resumed treatment for residents, four years after limiting services to Emiratis when they were short of space.
“This announcement means that our SKMC’s centers of excellence, such as our specialized and world-class pediatric services, will be accessible to more types of insurance,” said Dr. Safa Azaat Al Mustafa, Acting CEO of SKMC.
“In addition to strengthening Seha’s integrated healthcare model, this will expand access to healthcare for adults and children across the emirate. “
Saeed Jaber Kuwaiti, managing director of Tawam Hospital, said the move would ensure that people with any insurance plan have access to Seha’s “world-class services, such as the oncology center at the Tawam Hospital, to even more patients from all over Abu Dhabi “.
Update: December 13, 2021, 3:21 a.m.