Dubai, UAE: Expatriate residents will have to pay a fee of Dh500 for issuing and renewing their health cards that will enable them to receive medical treatment at government hospitals and facilities across the UAE.
The move is in line with the Cabinet resolution, issued by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The decision provides for levying Dh500 for issuing and renewing health cards for expats of all ages. It will come into force on September 30, the Ministry of Health announced today. Earlier, the health card issuance or renewal fee was Dh300.
Shaikh Mohammad has issued resolution No 18 for 2013 concerning the fees of health cards and curative and diagnostic services for non-nationals.
According to the resolution, an additional fee of Dh300 will be charged for the issue of a health card in lieu of a lost one.
Article No 3 of the decision stipulates that the fees will be levied against curative and diagnostic services provided by the Ministry of Health to expats holding health cards. These fees will be doubled for those who do not hold ministry-issued health cards.
© Gulf NewsSep 2013