The objective of the law is to provide health coverage for every citizen, foreign resident and visitor. The proposed Universal health care coverage is planned to expand in phases, starting this year through mid-2016.
Employers planning to hire expats to work in Dubai are required to pay for employees’ health insurance, proof of such coverage is mandatory for obtaining residence visas.
Employers in Dubai are now responsible for:
* Providing valid health insurance to foreign workers.
* Providing proof of medical insurance as a requirement for obtaining a visa.
* Offering all employees the obligatory health insurance from DHA registered insurance companies with health insurance permits.
* Any expenses related to health insurance; the cost may not be deducted from employee salaries.
Companies operating in Dubai with the intention of hiring foreign workers are advised to familiarize themselves with the new health insurance mandates and implement an internal policy for such coverage. Failure by employers to provide worker health insurance may result in fines of Dh500-150,000 (~US $150- 40,850). Repeated violations may result in fines up to Dh500,000 (~US $136,250).
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