Health Insurance Online for Individuals & Families

Health Insurance in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah UAE | Buy Online
Health Insurance in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah UAE | Buy Online

Health Insurance for Individuals & Families

Adequate Health Insurance coverage is the need of the hour for you and your family. Our wide range of health insurance plans from various leading insurers includes health insurance policies that meet the mandatory health insurance requirements in the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai. Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DOH) have mandated compulsory health insurance for all citizens in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Our team of experienced insurance professionals will assist you to get the best health insurance as per your needs and requirements. Additionally, we will also be taking due care of any servicing and claims requirements that may arise during the tenure of your policy.

What is Health Insurance?

Health insurance is a way to provide financial coverage against medical expenses, incurred in the event of hospitalization, illness, or injury. It also covers pre-hospitalization and post-hospitalization needs. Health insurance can be purchased by individuals, families, and employers. It also provides worldwide coverage, cashless treatments at network hospitals and other benefits during the tenure of the policy. Add-on coverages can also be availed to cover special risks with nominal increase in premium

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Types of Health Insurance Plans in the UAE

Health insurance is a crucial and mandatory requirement in the UAE. Following are different types of Health insurance coverages that you can opt for, to meet your specific insurance needs:

Individual Health Insurance

As their name implies, individual medical insurance plans are provided to a single policyholder by insurance companies in the UAE. It provides financial protection from certain illnesses along with a number of advantages like access to network hospitals, cashless treatments, pre and post-hospitalization needs, and others. The coverage for this policy is limited to a single policyholder.

Family Health Insurance

Family health insurance plans are the best option to safeguard your family’s health in an affordable manner. Family health insurance covers two or more people of the same family for a fixed sum assured in exchange for a single annual premium. You can choose family plans to cover your entire family under a single insurance plan rather than buying individual medical insurance policies for each member of your family. Family health insurance policies often only allow you, your spouse, and your children to be policyholders (pre-specified). It also provides coverage, in case two or more members of a family are hospitalized or are diagnosed with any ailment, at the same time.

Employee or Group Health Insurance

Employers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are legally obliged to offer group health insurance to their employees. An employee health insurance or group health insurance plan is bought by an employer for their employees. It offers the employees’ healthcare services which include, physician consultations, diagnostic test/procedures, pharmacy, physiotherapy, maternity benefits, medical conditions, or bodily injuries requiring hospitalization, day-care services, emergency hospital services etc. These plans are designed to safeguard employee’s health and their financial security.

Domestic Workers Health Insurance

You can also cover your domestic help/maids if their gross monthly salary is under AED 4000 per month. Such insurance is currently mandatory for Dubai Visa Holders and Abu Dhabi Visa Holders.

Northern Emirates Health Insurance

Northern Emirates Health Insurance is a type of plan that provides individual medical insurance to Northern Emirates visa holders. This includes the regions of Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. It covers a comprehensive range of medical services such are hospitalization, physician consultations, diagnostic test/procedures, physiotherapy, maternity benefits, etc.

Investors Health Insurance

Investor health insurance is meant for those who are looking to protect their health and financial future at the same time. This type of health insurance plan offers medical coverage for investors and their dependents.

The plan generally covers in-patient and out-patient treatment, emergency services, laboratory test services and more. It usually covers healthcare services which include basic healthcare services, like hospitalization, doctors’ visits and treatments, physician consultations, diagnostic test/procedures, pharmacy, physiotherapy, maternity benefits, medical conditions, or bodily injuries requiring hospitalization, day-care services, Emergency hospital services, etc.

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As UAE’s leading insurance brokers, our team of Health Insurance experts will be happy to assist you with optimum health insurance solutions in Sharjah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi with the following:

  • Products compliant with the Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DOH) and Dubai Health Authority (DHA) directives respectively. 
  • Enhanced cost-effective options with wider benefits tailored to individual and family needs.
  • Advice from experts to choose the best product from a wide range of options.
  • Complete peace of mind in the event of any medical exigencies – with our claim assistance service.

Benefits of a Health Insurance Policy

  • Availing medical services at affordable cost

Opting for a health insurance plan has numerous benefits. Young and healthy individuals can avail plans at lower rates and reap the benefits of extensive coverage options as they grow older. Most policies have a pre-existing waiting period which is applicable if you are suffering from any pre-existing health condition /ailments/ illnesses. This period will be negligible while you are still young and healthy, thus giving you the advantage of exhaustive coverage that will prove useful if you fall ill later in life.

  • Coverage of unforeseen medical expenses

While an unforeseen illness can lead to mental anguish and stress, there is another side to dealing with health conditions that can leave you drained – the expenses of medical treatments. Having the right health insurance policy with the right coverage can help in managing medical expenditures for you and your family.

  • To deal with the inflation of medical expenses

Medical costs have dramatically risen lately. So, in case of a medical emergency, we end up utilizing their savings, which hampers future life goals. You can avoid withdrawing your savings and investments as a health insurance will cover a sizable portion of your medical expenses.

  • Changing lifestyle

The tectonic shift in our lifestyle has made us more prone to a wide range of health disorders. Commuting, hectic work schedules, bad eating habits, quality of food, stress, and rising pollution levels have increased the risk of developing health problems at a young age. Hence, having a health insurance policy to manage health expenses is especially important. Health insurance will also provide you with medical check-ups at network hospitals during the tenure of your coverage.

  • Safeguard financial security

Health insurance provides a much-needed financial backup in times of medical emergencies and avoids erosion of your savings.

What does a Health Insurance Policy cover?

  • Worldwide coverage

The members can obtain coverage for medical expenses across the world, including their home country, subject to the opted policy terms and conditions.

  • Access to major medical providers 

As per the health insurance plan chosen, there are medical care providers across multiple specialties that will provide health care services to you as per the benefits listed under your coverage. These multiple medical specialists can be found in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and other emirates.

  • Hospitalization cost & direct billing 

Hospitals across multiple specialties have a contract to provide health care services to policyholders of a valid and enforced health insurance policy. There are multiple medical care providers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and other emirates. Since the UAE has an expansive healthcare system, a health insurance policyholder can avail treatments from medical providers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and other emirates, subject to the terms of the policy.

  • Annual health check-ups

Members can avail annual health check-ups, which include routine screening tests to ensure health and well-being, identify diseases at a treatable stage, etc.

  • Coverage of in-patient and out-patient treatment 

The insurance policy ensures coverage of both in-patient and outpatient services within network facilities.

  • Comprehensive coverage

Health insurance plans offering extensive coverage act as a financial pillow in case of medical emergencies. Unlike basic health insurance plans, a comprehensive policy covers out-patient as well as in-patient treatments, including consultations, medical tests as well as hospital stays.

  • Emergency cover

The Emergency Medical benefit covers treatment for an unexpected illness, injury or any life-threatening conditions which are unforeseen that can erode your savings.

  • Vaccination & Inoculations of Kids 

Covers the cost of immunizations and preventive health care services as per your health insurance plan.

What does a Health Insurance Policy not cover?

A health insurance policy in the UAE does not cover the following:

  • Certain categories of terminal illnesses will not be covered.
  • Plastic surgery, hormone related treatments, cosmetic procedures, weight reduction surgery, etc.
  • Optical treatment and Dental cover are optional add-ons and will not be covered. 
  • Maternity is not mandatorily covered in the Northern Emirates plan and could have a waiting period of 12 months for non-working married females.
  • Undeclared pregnancy will not be covered for the entire policy period.
  • Injuries caused by terrorism/war/suicide attempt/nuclear activity.

What factors affect Health Insurance premiums in the UAE?

The cost of health insurance coverage in the UAE is influenced by several factors. These can include:

  • Pre-existing medical condition
  • Age of the policyholder
  • Geographic location
  • Individual vs Family enrolment
  • Policy tenure
  • Tobacco usage
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of individuals
  • Medical History
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Type of coverage you are opting for
  • Previous health insurance claims 

How to choose a Health Insurance Plan for your parents?

While selecting a health insurance plan for your parents, below points must be kept in mind:

  • Coverage

As our parents age, they might become more vulnerable and susceptible to illness and diseases, due to which the need for higher coverage increases. This also causes an increase in the health insurance premium. In the absence of a suitable health insurance plan, the healthcare expense can be exponentially larger, hence a health insurance plan is a worthwhile investment to safeguard the health of your parents.

  • Pre-existing illness and waiting periods

For parents with pre-existing health conditions, this is one of the most important factors to consider while choosing a health insurance policy. It is important to choose a health insurance plan which suitably covers pre-existing illness and preferably has a shorter waiting period so they can avail the required treatments in a timely manner.

  • Hospital Network

The UAE has a robust network of hospitals and clinics, spanning across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and other emirates. While choosing a health insurance plan for your parents, ensure your network includes their preferred hospitals, any specialist clinics if required, and clinics and hospitals that are easily accessible in case of unfortunate medical emergencies.

  • Simple Claims Process

In case of illness or injury, the additional stress of a strenuous claims process is not something you would want for your parents. A simple and hassle-free claims process is important while selecting a health insurance plan for your parents.

If you are scouting for suitable health insurance plans for your parents, you can reach out to our team of experts who can help you evaluate coverage options, pre-existing illness and waiting periods, and hospital networks of different plans. Moreover, we have a dedicated claims team who go above and beyond to ensure the well-being of our clients.

How to apply for Health Insurance online in UAE?

You can apply for health insurance online policy in 3 easy steps.

Step 1 - Click on Get a quote and fill in the quotation form with your name, contact details, coverage type, family details, pre-existing conditions, and any other specific requirements.

Step 2 - After submission of your enquiry, one of our health insurance experts will reach out to you with specific health insurance quotes.

Step 3 - You can choose any of the quote and confirm your preferred health insurance policy.

What are the documents required for filing a Claim in a Health Insurance Policy?

The documents required for filing a health insurance claim in UAE are:

  • Claims reimbursement form of the respective TPA/Insurers
  • Original copy of bills & invoices related to the treatment taken
  • Doctor’s reports with sign and stamp
  • Diagnostics and lab test reports
  • Hardcopy of the insurance UAE or policy details of the insured
  • Banking details of the insured

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why do I need a Health Insurance in UAE?

In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, health insurance is mandatory for all citizens and resident expats. In northern emirates like Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, and Umm-al-Quwain, the health insurance is regulated by each of the respective emirates.

The main reason to have a health insurance in the UAE is to protect yourself and your family from financial strain in case of injury or illness. Medical treatments in the UAE can be quite expensive, and without health insurance, you may find it difficult to pay for them. Finally, health insurance can also provide peace of mind in knowing that you and your family will be taken care of in the unfortunate situation of illness or accident.

What does Health Insurance cover?

Your health insurance coverage can vary from insurance company to company, so you should check the Table of Benefits listed under the policy of your choice.

Some of the coverages which you can avail under the health insurance plan are as below:

  • The maternity cover includes the prenatal, postnatal, and delivery expenses.
  • Emergency cover - This covers treatment for an unexpected illness, injury or any life-threatening conditions in case of medical emergencies.
  • Vaccination cover for the kids – This will cover the cost of immunizations and preventive care services.
  • Diagnostic test & treatments – This will cover the medically indicated tests, diagnoses, treatments, and surgeries in hospitals for non-urgent medical cases.
  • Out-patient Services – This covers services like consultation, lab/radiology tests, and pharmaceutical/medicine.
  • In-patient Services – Any treatment which requires more than 12 hours of admission is referred to as in-patient services, and the same will be covered as per the terms agreed in your plan.
  • Day care – This covers day care admission for any small procedures.

You can also opt for additional cover for eye care and dental care to boost your health insurance cover. 

How much does Health Insurance cost in the UAE?

The cost of health insurance in the UAE is dependent on a number of factors which include age, overall health of the policyholder, pre-existing conditions, insurance provider, and the type of coverage you opt for, etc. There are two types of health insurance plans - Basic and Enhanced. The basic health insurance plans can start from as little as AED 1.6/Day.

What documents do I need to submit for a medical claim reimbursement?

Some of the documents which you will need to submit when filing for your medical claim reimbursement include:

  • Duly filled out claim form of the concerned insurance company / TPA, signed and stamped by the treating doctor with beneficiary signature.
  • All official itemized invoices with the service details.
  • Payment proof such as official receipts, paid stamps, card payment slips, etc.
  • Prescription from the treating doctor for all the medications availed and for optical items.
  • All the diagnostic reports including but not limited to Laboratory and Radiology reports.
  • Referral letter from specialist consultant and progress reports (after every 5 sessions) for claims related to physiotherapy treatment/ chiropractic treatment.
  • Discharge summary with the operative notes (for surgical treatment) for all the in-patient, day-care, and emergency admissions.
  • Medical Report with injury details (when, where and how) for claims related to any kind of injuries.
  • Medical Insurance card copy
  • Bank Details (if applicable)
  • Copy of passport showing exit and entry stamp for the treatments done outside UAE.
  • A police report in case of accident (if covered under medical policy).

What should be done if an insurer does not carry their medical card to avail a medical service at a health care provider?

  • These days most of the policies are card-less. The policy is activated on the Emirates ID and medical insurance policy is linked through the member’s Emirates ID.
  • Emirates ID is a mandatory requirement for all medical providers.
  • Members can use Insurer or TPA Mobile Application, if applicable.
  • Members can use ECARDS, if applicable. 

How does Health Insurance work in Dubai?

In accordance with the Health Insurance Law of Dubai, all residents are mandated to have a basic health insurance policy that covers the minimum health benefits that are recommended by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). In fact, Visa applications are only accepted if the applicant has purchased a health insurance policy.

Can a person have more than one Health Insurance policy?

As per the law, a person cannot have dual health insurance coverage in the UAE. You are permitted to have only one policy. That is why it is important to carefully evaluate your needs and seek the help of an insurance broker to get the best policy as per your needs and requirements.

Is there any waiting period for claims under a policy?

The waiting period refers to the time duration after the issuance of the health insurance policy, after which the policyholder is eligible to file a claim. Usually waiting periods apply only for first-time policy issuance and not renewals. Health insurance policies have differing waiting periods based on the type of health insurance, diseases, etc.

What is a pre-existing condition in a Health Insurance Policy?

A pre-existing condition in health insurance is any health condition that an individual has before enrolment in a health insurance plan.

Declaration of pre-existing conditions/ailments/illnesses is important as it will ensure the coverage of treatment of illness from day one and will also assist the insurance company in underwriting the policy before inception to cover any future costs of treatment. Undeclared conditions will not be covered by the insurer for the entire policy period and will be declared a violation of the insurance principle of utmost good faith.

What is the maximum number of claims allowed over a year for a Health Insurance Policy in UAE?

During the health insurance policy period, there is no set limit on the number of claims that can be registered. The number of claims depend on the sum insured and any other terms and conditions specified in the health insurance policy.

What if I fail to renew my Health Insurance Policy in UAE?

A health insurance policy must be ideally renewed before the policy expiry date. Most insurers also provide a grace period after the policy expiry date for renewal of health insurance. If a policy holder fails to renew the health insurance, there might be consequences as follows:

  • Loss of no-claim bonus
  • Loss of coverage benefits
  • Loss of waiting period reduction
  • Portability issues
  • Lifetime renewability