45% pay own medical bills in UAE: Survey

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Nearly half of the respondents (45 per cent) of a well being survey done in the UAE said that they are not fully covered by insurance and have to pay for their own medical expenses. “Our learning from the survey indicates many people are unprepared for their future healthcare costs,” said Jason Sadler, president of Cigna International Markets.

Ali Lutfi, head of the licensing section for health insurance providers at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), said: “We are at crossroads of Dubai’s healthcare landscape, where each of us – regulators, healthcare institutions and insurers – have an important opportunity to bring better health to the population.”

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The UAE ranked fifth in the total 13 countries that were surveyed with a health score of 63.1 amongst an average of 62.3. Almost 93 per cent of those surveyed preferred self-remedies to overcome symptoms of illness as compared to only 20 per cent who preferred to visit experts such as doctors and dentists.

Source Credit: Khaleej Times
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