Dubai to build two hospitals for expats on basic insurance deal

Published:  13 Dec at 6 PM
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In a welcome nod to the majority of Dubai’s expat community, the Asten DM Healthcare group is to build two new hospitals catering exclusively for those on the basic insurance package.

Some 70 per cent of Dubai’s resident expat community are unable to afford the more expensive options under the mandatory health coverage available, leaving them in a difficult position when illness strikes. Asten’s initiative will deliver affordable healthcare in two brand new medical facilities, one in Muhaisnah and the other in Al Ghusais.

According to chair and MD of the group Dr Azaad Moopen, mandatory healthcare insurance has ensured decent health coverage can be had by all Dubai’s rexpat residents, but nearly 70 per cent are only able to afford the basic insurance cover. He added the new hospitals will be affordable and able to take care of everyone on the basic package, including expatriate residents. Dr Azaad's decision was inspired by the group’s long-term provision of quality healthcare in its 316 medical facilities spread over nine countries.

The group also supports an international volunteer programme hosting a number of medical stations in Jordan’s refugee camps and have worked to rehabilitate Rohingya refugees. Its regular hospitals in the UAE and India also cater for international medical tourists looking for fertility, cosmetic and orthopaedic treatments.

Meanwhile in Kuwait, anti-expat lawmaker Safa al Hashem is pressurising the Minister of Social Affairs to refuse to pay for the living and medical expenses of an Egyptian expat hospitalised after a violent beating by a Kuwaiti national. She wants to know why his and his family’s needs should be financed by the state, although she concedes his medical fees can be exempted. Her argument rests on the Egyptian government’s stance as regards assistance to the family of a Kuwaiti expat mother and daughter who were murdered and thrown into a well somewhere in rural Egypt.

In a reply to al Hashem, a Kuwaiti minister said the injured Egyptian was employed by a Kuwaiti-owned company, with his rights therefore guaranteed by law. The incident itself was caught on a surveillance camera and showed the victim being savagely kicked and beaten by a Kuwaiti customer. Subsequently, the video was posted on social media, eliciting a wave of compassion and sympathy for the injured man.
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