Guide to Health Insurance in Dubai

Whether you’re relocating to Dubai or just looking for a new international health insurance provider, it’s imperative to know what’s obtainable both in terms of insurance provision, but also the medical care and facilities of the region.

One part of the seven United Arab Emirates, Dubai has a relatively small population of 1.9m, which means that there is little pressure on the healthcare system. Comprised of both public and private sectors, Dubai’s medical infrastructure is based around the American Mission Hospitals, which used to operate on a part-private, part-free basis.

Now Dubai has a public health service providing free or very low cost healthcare for its nationals and these services are also available to expatriates. International health insurance is the best way to make sure that you get access to the level of healthcare that you want however.

Healthcare facilities

There are numerous medical facilities in the private and public sectors for specialised treatment, however it’s occasionally necessary to seek medical assistance outside Dubai. Although some of Dubai’s doctors and medical staff are local, the vast majority are foreign and well trained in their home countries. The best hospitals in Dubai include the following the American Hospital Dubai, the Emirates Hospital in Jumeirah, the International Modern Hospital, the International Private Hospital, Cedars Jebel Ali International Hospital and the Belhoul Hospital.

Currently the private sector provides 54% of out-patient services in the emirate and will continue playing it’s central role in the Dubai’s healthcare system, supporting and complementing the public sector where it can.

The government of Dubai offers select health programs to its population including a large proportion of expatriates. A new system was introduced two years ago where residents must register with an out-patient care practice to access and receive basic health services, with an estimated 500 clinics joining the system.

Dental Care in Dubai is of a high standard but can be expensive for expatriates depending on the treatment required.

Although an ambulance service exists it is controlled by the police and used primarily for road accidents or by the state hospitals. If you require urgent medical attention it is best to use your own transportation or jump in a taxi.

Before you go

There are several vaccinations recommended when travelling to the UAE, these are: diphtheria, hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, tetanus and malaria.

Next steps

Get a quote for one of our WorldCare plans for your cover in Dubai.  You can access treatment anywhere in the world. You can buy online, get covered instantly and manage your plan through your own personal secure online area, so it’s quick and convenient.

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