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The Government of Dubai has announced a new development to make life a little easier for all its residents. Emiratis will now be able to use their Emirates ID cards not only to go through immigration gates at the airport but to avail of medical services in the UAE. Meaning that UAE residents can now use their Emirates ID cards as health insurance cards as well. The Government confirmed that the reason behind this move is to reduce fraud and eliminate improper use of health insurance services. Now, a patient has to show his/her ID for availing any medical services.
So, if your current medical insurance company has authorized this change then you can ditch your health insurance card since your Emirates ID will suffice.
Medical insurance providers all over the UAE have been well-trained to check medical insurance status by using the Emirates ID number via a safe and secure online platform. This advanced online platform basically matches the number with the profile of the member on the database of Daman. Also, such checks can be made by using the member’s card number.
All the leading medical insurance providers listed below will follow the change:
In addition to this, 2000 Emirates ID readers have been sent to medical clinics all over the city. Once the Emirates ID readers have been distributed and installed successfully, it will be a common practice for clinics and hospitals to accept Emirates ID instead of medical insurance cards. These Emirates ID readers will help in determining the type of medical insurance plan that has been opted for and the type of cover, along with the policy number.
The “Dubai Health Authority (DHA)”, “Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD)”, and the “Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA)”, “Health care services of Armed Forces & Pure Health” are all part of this giant project. This new initiative taken by leading health authorities of the UAE will further enhance healthcare quality by rolling out the right claims only. The database linked to the platform will assist in:
Ans: Simply visit the official website of the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship. Locate the portal for Emirates ID details and enter your Emirates ID number in the assigned column. Click on submit to check the available details of your Emirates ID.
Ans: Emirates ID is used as a form of identification when buying an insurance plan. The recent change by the UAE government related to health insurance allows a person to avail of health insurance services using Emirates ID. This means that your health insurance plan is linked to your Emirates ID number.
Ans: You can check the details of your medical insurance plan either by using your medical insurance card number or your emirates ID number. Simply log in to the official website of your provider, find the login portal for existing policyholders and log in. Here, use either your insurance card number or Emirates ID.
Ans: You can check the status of your Emirates ID by visiting the official website of the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship. Log in using the application number without hyphens or use your Emirates ID number, if you have it. A pop-up box will appear with the latest updates related to your Emirates ID.
Ans: Once the report of the medical exam has been received by the authorities, the application is sent to the Visa office for approval stamp which can take 10-20 days. Once stamped and approved, you get a text message to come and collect the Emirates ID on your phone.
Ans: The cost of Emirates ID depends on the validity span of the card and the status of the applicant. For example, Emirates ID with a validity of 1 year can be made in AED 100 for expatriates.
Ans: The documents required for Emirates ID include the following:
Original passport of the applicant
Original Visa of the applicant
Proof of birth with a colored passport size white background picture if children unde4r 15 years of age are applicants as well.
For UAE Nationals:
Original passport and family book proving linage
For GCC Nationals:
Any documents proof stating their residency as GCC nationals.