Nasser Al Jabri (Abu Dhabi)
Hamad Al-Rahoumi, First Deputy Speaker of the Federal National Council, intends to submit a parliamentary proposal regarding covering the costs and expenses of medical examinations for “Covid-19” by the health insurance, as part of the question he puts to His Excellency Abdul Rahman bin Muhammad Al Owais, Minister of Health and Community Protection, during the session. The next meeting of the Council will be held next Tuesday.
Hamad Al-Rahoumi told Al-Ittihad: The period of the “Covid-19” pandemic witnessed an economic impact on many individuals and employees, whether in the government and private sectors, companies and most segments of society, due to its various repercussions and effects that included many sectors, which led to the emergence of some economic challenges. Before the owners of companies and families, especially regarding the fees and expenses to be paid.
He added: There is a medical protocol approved by the concerned authorities in the country, and it is mandatory to conduct a medical examination for “Covid-19” in the event of contact, and the emergence of an infected case, as this may require conducting examinations twice or more for a large number of people in families with an extended number of them individuals. The family and auxiliary employment, in addition to the companies bearing the costs of conducting the examination for their employees, which amounts to sums that may represent a challenge for families, especially large ones, and for companies and various entities.
He pointed out the importance that the “Covid-19” examinations be taken care of by the health insurance, as most families and employees have health insurance, but it does not cover the costs of conducting the examinations, despite the exceptionality of the current stage and the need to benefit from health insurance services, especially in times of the pandemic, where Its importance and role in reducing expenses and costs resulting from the number of examinations are highlighted.
He pointed out that years ago, vehicle insurance was not comprehensive to cover accidents caused by disasters and crises, but after the emergence of a number of proposals and problems resulting from that, the insurance was modified to cover any accident due to disasters, which reinforces the importance of looking at solutions and proposals that enhance Another type of insurance is health insurance, given the high need for it during the current health times.
And he indicated that with the return of life to normal in the institutions and authorities, these authorities require that a “Covid-19” examination be conducted before entering, in addition to the presence of the examination requirement to attend events and events, all of which are costs that may need a budget allocated by families, stressing the need to participate Health insurance companies cover the expenses of these examinations.