Daman issues its first Essential Benefits Plan under Dubai mandatory health scheme

Leading health insurance specialist chosen as supplier of choice for prominent contracting firm.

Abu Dhabi, August 6 2014: The National Health Insurance Company – Daman, today issued the first health insurance policy under the Dubai mandatory health scheme. The policy with GINCO General Contracting, a prominent regional contracting firm, will provide health insurance cover for its Dubai-based staff.

Daman will provide health insurance cover to GINCO employees via its Essential Benefits Plan [EBP], which is the basic health insurance package of Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) mandatory insurance scheme designed for workers earning AED 4,000 or less a month. The EBP covers a range of necessary healthcare procedures such as: access to all essential health services, access to general physicians, referral to specialists, tests and investigations, surgical procedures and maternity care.

Dr. Michael Bitzer, Daman’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Today’s announcement marks an important milestone in Daman’s history. We are pleased to be one of the participating insurers which allow us to serve the whole Dubai community. We also welcome GINCO employees to Daman and look forward to serving them.”

In April, Dubai Health Authority announced that Daman was one of the seven insurers who successfully passed the additional qualification criteria to attain ‘Participating Insurer’ (PI) status. This status, in addition to the Health Insurance Permit,  allows Daman to provide health insurance plans, including the EBP, to employees earning AED 4,000 or less a month.

GINCO expects that more than 1,500 employees would be enrolled in the policy by the end of the year as a result of its successful growth. GINCO General Contracting  General Manager, Eng. Jamal Abdullfattah said: “Our employees are our most valuable asset and it is essential that we are able to offer them a secure health insurance scheme.  We are delighted to sign up with Daman; a company with an excellent reputation and a strong track-record of success in the UAE. We are confident that the new partnership with Daman will prove beneficial to the well-being of our employees and help with the success of our company.”

Dr. Sven Rohte, Daman’s Chief Commercial Officer, added: “As the country’s leading health insurer, we pride ourselves on our world-class standard of services and truly believe that this is an integral step towards strengthening our position in the market. With our newly-awarded status of ‘Participating Insurer’ (PI) by DHA, we believe that this is the first of many successful contracts to follow.”

The announcement followed an event held at GINCO’s offices where Daman’s Chief Commercial Officer handed an enlarged Daman EBP card to the first beneficiary of the policy who was the employee with the best Health and Safety record last month.

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