The Ministry of Health and pharmaceutical company, Novartis, struck a deal that will benefit thousands of expats across the UAE. Non-residents with chronic illnesses will receive free health care. This is a deal that will benefit more than 3,200 patients with limited health insurance or no cover at all.
“This will be particularly beneficial for cancer patients and those suffering from chronic conditions such as asthma, multiple sclerosis, retinal and blood disorders and psoriasis and whose health insurance is limited,” said Dr. Amin Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing.
Dr. Al Amiri promised the initiative is effective immediately until the 3210 patients receive the treatment they could not afford. Patients need to be referred by their doctors, and those with chronic conditions as asthma, multiple sclerosis, retinal and blood disorders, and psoriasis, as well as ones with no or limited insurance, will be prioritized.
“By launching this programme, we hope to contribute to reducing their burden and increasing their happiness by improving their health.
“Dubai is working towards achieving higher goals in the Global Competitive Index by promoting transparency, improving quality of services and products based on international best practices,” said Prasanth Manghat, chief executive of NMC.