According to a report in Gulf News, Dubai residents will be able to replace their health insurance cards with their Emirates ID cards by the first quarter of 2017.
The new deadline for insurance companies to integrate the insurance card details into Emirates ID cards was revealed at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) stand during the inaugural day of the 36th Gitex Technology Week, the report said.
Dr Haidar Al Yousuf, Director of Health Funding at the DHA, was quoted saying, “We are moving all insurance cards to Emirates ID in the next few months, say by the first quarter of 2017.”
He said the authority is pushing the insurance companies to comply with the new deadline as medical insurance is compulsory for employees in the UAE. He said some companies which are facing technical difficulties need to resolve them so that all insurance companies’ details can be incorporated in a central database to enable the use of Emirates ID for health insurance services, the report added.
Dr Yousuf further said, “No one will need to carry their insurance cards then … The moment the provider swipes the card, there will be a screen showing all the details about the card and services.”