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How to prepare your health insurance for starting a family

Starting a family is a busy time with lots of things to prepare and your health insurance should be one of them. Here are some key things to consider before you start your next chapter:

Are you on the best type of insurance?

Health insurance for parents is a legal requirement in Dubai, whether you are a full-time resident or only working in the city temporarily. As a result, you must either be covered through your employer or your own plan. If you and your partner are both offered healthcare insurance by your employer, then you may want to stick with your existing work policies. However, if one or both of you aren’t covered through work and you organise your own health insurance, you may want to consider taking out a joint or family policy. This could save you money compared to multiple individual policies and gives you the convenience of having everything in one place.

Health insurance for your children

Protecting your children against illness or accidents is essential for keeping them safe, so check if your children are covered by your work health insurance policy. If not, and you and your partner are content with your existing cover, then you may want to start looking into separate children’s health insurance so you are prepared. Alternatively, you could choose to take out a new family health insurance policy, which would cover every member of the family in one.

Does your current policy offer maternity benefits?

If you are planning on trying to conceive in the near future, it is a good idea to check whether your current health insurance covers issues relating to pregnancy. Not every insurer will cover the same thing and some conditions related to pregnancy could be very costly for you if they aren’t covered. If you aren’t satisfied with what your current insurer offers, investigate alternative options before you become pregnant, if possible. Some insurance companies will be reluctant to accept new policies from women who are already pregnant.

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What to look out for when buying health insurance

When it comes to health insurance, you have to draw the line on what you can compromise on. Price is an important factor to consider when you buy health insurance, but cheap can be expensive in the long run. Remember, health insurance is supposed to protect you from worrying about your finances when a health emergency arises. We have compiled a list of some of the things to look out for when buying health insurance.

Waiting Period

Waiting periods deter you from making a claim shortly after signing on to a health plan. They also prevent you from claiming on pre-existent diseases, so check the company’s policy on that before signing. Maternity and dental treatments are some of the benefits that have waiting periods, but it varies from one company to another, so reach out to experts for more advice on this.

Hospital network

If you travel a lot or have family members living in different parts of the country, you should be very keen on this. Just because an insurance plan covers the UAE, it does not mean that you can access all hospitals in the country. Ensure that the hospitals nearest to you are in the company’s medical network to avoid any inconveniences. If you travel for work or have family members in other towns, check on the same.

Deductibles

Also known as co-payment, deductibles are fixed rates that you, the policyholder, have to pay when undergoing treatment. There are various types of deductibles: fixed amount per visit and annual deductibles. Fixed amount per visit is applied in outpatient treatments only, and you are required to pay 20 to 75 AED depending on the insurance company. Annual deductibles are not common in the UAE, but make sure to ask your insurance provider about it.

Exclusions

Health insurance companies do not cover all treatments in order to protect themselves from high-risk conditions. Review the policy carefully or consult one of our experts for more information on what is excluded and covered under the health insurance plan before buying, especially if you suffer from a chronic disease.

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