Dubai: The Essential Basic Package holders of health insurance in Dubai are likely to have cancer included in their coverage with effect from 2018, say sources in the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).
However, insurance companies have sent a mixed response to the DHA Health Funding Department’s decision as this will increase the cost of reinsurance for them and also hike the premium of the basic package (EBP). The formal announcement of cancer coverage is slated to come soon.
Cancer is the third biggest cause of death in the UAE after road trauma injuries and cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The incidence of breast, lung, colon and prostate cancers remains high.
Gulf News has learnt that a few week’s ago, the DHA’s Health Funding Department called a meeting of all insurance providers to recalibrate their coverage to include cancer in the Essential Basic Package. A senior person at the department told Gulf News: “We discussed the …