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UAE Medical Insurance’s Best Health Insurance Articles of 2017

UAE Medical Insurance produced a lot of great articles in 2017. Check out this post to find out which ones our readers thought were the best! The top 5 UAE and Dubai health insurance articles of 2017



2017 was a big year for UAE Medical Insurance. Not only did the whole country settle into the new Dubai Health Authority (DHA) regulations that mandate private insurance for all, but we, as a company, were able to help thousands of people secure the best insurance available for their needs. Additionally, UMI produced great content for the users of our site and regular readers of our blog that provided extra value and knowledge to them.

With this in mind, we would like to present you with our ‘best’ pieces of health insurance content that we published in 2017. We qualify the ‘best’ articles as the ones receiving the most traffic from the users of our website, so let’s find out the people’s choices for the ones they checked out most in 2017!

#5 Middle East health insurance premiums: A regional comparison (September 7th)

We begin with an article that was piggybacking off of Pacific Prime’s (at the time) recently released Cost of Health Insurance Report 2017, which covers in great detail the real costs of health insurance in a large number of countries. Since the amount of data in the report can be quite daunting to some readers, we thought we would do an analysis of the Middle East region specifically for UMI readers.

What readers liked: Readers of this article were treated to a distilled overall view of some of the most relevant global numbers from the report, such as the average costs of international private medical insurance (IPMI) in the top 10 most expensive countries. For those mostly interested in the Middle East, the piece also covered the costs of IPMI found in countries in the region, as well as a discussion of Dubai in particular.

What to remember: Of all the countries in the Middle East, Israel had the highest cost of IPMI by far. However, Dubai was the second most expensive location in the region, with an average annual premium approaching USD 9,000! If you would like to see details for other countries, or find out the reasons why the cost of health insurance may have raised in your particular country, be sure to check out the links above.

#4 Finding the best health insurance for dependents in Dubai (August 17th)

For many people in Dubai, all that it really meant when the government instated the mandatory health insurance reform was that their employer would now have to provide a mandatory minimum level of health insurance benefits for them. However, people that are self-employed or have dependents that are not employed will have to secure insurance on their own. For the latter group, knowing exactly how to find the best plan for their needs, while still ensuring that any insurance obtained complies with DHA regulations can be a daunting task. Thus, we produced this article to help guide people with dependents that need to purchase health insurance for them.

What readers liked: Readers of this article likely enjoyed that it was formatted into sections based on the questions that they would most likely want to have answered. Want to know exactly whom you have to obtain insurance for? How about how much such insurance is likely to cost? This article tackled those questions and more.

What to remember: Due to the somewhat confusing nature of medical insurance in the UAE, it really pays to work with an insurance broker to find the best possible plan. Not only because they can provide you with a comparison of plans from numerous insurers at once, but also because they can answer any insurance questions you have and provide an extra layer of customer service to you and your family.

#3 Dubai employers’ health insurance obligations (January 19th)

Going along with the previous article mentioned, clearly it wasn’t only heads of households that felt they needed some guidance with regards to obtaining health insurance, but also employers themselves. We suspect the main readers of this article were not just business owners, but also the Human Resources or administrative staff that owners and managers charged with arranging DHA compliant group health insurance. With new regulations, the pressure was not doubt on for these groups of people that were seeking answers.

What readers liked: The people mentioned above can find all sorts of valuable information in this article. First, there’s a large section on what employers can, should, and have to do with regards to insuring their employees. To balance this, there is also a section highlighting a few points that employers should be sure not to do. Finally, this piece contains information on what DHA compliant health insurance plans must contain in Dubai.

What to remember: Some people who are not business owners can still be employers. Particularly, those that have domestic helpers or maids working in their homes must supply health insurance for these workers. Insurance plans for domestic helpers must adhere to the same rules found listed within the article.

#2 Medical insurance inflation in Dubai (January 5th)

It’s funny that this article is related to another report released by our partner Pacific Prime: The 2017 edition of their International Private Medical Insurance Inflation Report. We say that it’s funny because, while the Cost of Health Insurance Report let people know what they could expect to pay for coverage in numerous countries, the IPMI report is about how much existing health insurance premiums were rising around the world. This means that people were more interested to read about how much more they would have to pay for their own insurance than how much their insurance may cost versus people in other countries.

What readers liked: This article gives a solid cursory breakdown of IPMI inflation in Dubai and the world at large. Not only does it give information related to these territories, but it breaks them down based on insurer. By doing this, people can potentially see how much both their insurer and their insurer’s competitors’ rates went up or down in the year covered in the report.

Finally, the piece talks about the factors present in the global insurance landscape that are driving IPMI inflation.

What to remember: First, this is a very large report, so even if you read the article, you may want to have a look at the larger picture with the links provided above. Secondly, the Dubai numbers were difficult to track given the large changes to the emirate’s health insurance landscape, so keep an eye on Pacific Prime Dubai’s blog for the release of next year’s report, which should be able to give much better insight on this point.

#1 Vaccinations and your medical insurance in Dubai (May 4th)

For the second year in a row, an article that we published on the topic of vaccinations was one of our top pieces of the year. Clearly, vaccinations are on the mind of many in the UAE. This is understandable, as the topic has been a highly discussed one on a global scale for many years now. While there are some people out there that feel that vaccines may come with inherent risks to those who receive them - especially children – UMI and the UAE medical community both are decidedly in favor of modern vaccination schedules, and the article was produced with this in mind.

What readers liked: This article was not simply about medical insurance and how it relates to vaccinations, but rather gave a more comprehensive view of the UAE vaccine landscape, and beyond. The piece delved into some of the common misconceptions and myths that are spread about vaccines, as well as the science behind how they work.

It also gives quite an in-depth look at the Dubai Health Authority’s immunization schedule, so that parents in the emirate will know what their doctor is likely to recommend. Finally, the links between immunization and medical insurance are discussed.

What to remember: Even adults need to continue receiving some vaccinations as they age, including shots for tetanus and Hepatitis A. Travelers will also want to receive an array of protective shots when they visit countries where there is a real risk of developing certain exotic diseases. Japanese encephalitis and yellow fever are examples of such immunizations.

We hope that you found some value in reading our blog at some point in 2017! Going forward, we will likely be letting our partners at Pacific Prime Dubai handle the bulk of the great health insurance content creation. As such, we invite you to check out their blog in 2018 and beyond!

From all of us at UAE Medical Insurance: Thank you for reading and have a very happy new year!

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