Sharjah, UAE: The Sharjah Health Authority (SHA) has announced the introduction of a new unified health insurance scheme for employees working in the government sectors and their families which will begin in June.
The Authority informed government departments in the emirate to collect old insurance cards from employees and replace them with new insurance cards from the beginning of next week. The new system will be effective from June 1 and old insurance cards will be invalid after May 31.
“This insurance plan is a unified scheme with new categories for local employees of the government of Sharjah. It follows the orders of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to unify all the benefits and networks for the employees,” said Dr Abdul Aziz Saeed Al Meheiri, Director of the Health Regulation Department at the Authority.
The health authority also stressed that old insurance cards must not be used after their expiry date as the cost of treatment will be charged to the user. The new insurance scheme will include a network of hospitals and clinics and will provide the same benefits to all Sharjah Government’s employees, both nationals and residents.
The health insurance is valid for all Sharjah Government employees, both nationals and residents, and covers the Emirati employee, spouse and children; retired employee and spouse, widow of a retired employee and children. For residents, the health insurance covers the male employee, wife and three children below 18 years, or the female employee only.
© Gulf NewsMay 2013