Fortunately, if you’re having your child in the UAE, you’ll be happy to know that even the most basic insurance plan in the provides some sort of maternity benefits that cover both mother and child during pregnancy. The nuances and distinctions in coverage (i.e., receiving after birth care) depends on your plan, so choose carefully before you opt for any one.
Although this is the most basic health insurance plan under the Dubai Health Insurance Law, it covers a few key elements that include:
- 8 visits to a primary healthcare physician during the pregnancy period (anywhere before birth)
- 3 free ultrasounds
- Normal delivery is covered up to AED 7,000
- A medically necessary C-Section is covered up to AED 10,000
That being said, the insured must pay 10% of the cost out of their own pocket.
While the plan provided under ISAHD is straight forward, other medical insurance companies provide many more terms and conditions associated with maternity benefits. Of course, the benefit of the more comprehensive health insurance plans is that you will not have to bear a significant amount of the cost from your own pocket and you will be able to access a wider range of more expensive healthcare facilities. Given that maternity benefits are so simple, we take a look at a few clauses to keep an eye out for.
This is the most important point to keep in mind when you are looking at medical insurance in the UAE. Virtually every single health insurance company has a 12-month waiting period before any claims associated with pregnancy can be made. This means you are required to have been insured with the same company for at least a year. So, if you are planning on having a child in the near future, you may be locked in with your current insurer for at least the next year (note you are still free to change the insurance broker you use).
Push it to the limit
Regardless of what region you’re in, be it Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah, there is a coverage limit on how much you can claim under your policy. This is usually directly associated with the premium or plan you choose, with limits ranging from AED 5,000 to over AED 50,000. If a complication results in a condition or illness that is covered under another section of your health insurance plan, then it is the maximum annual coverage limit that will apply for the treatment of that condition, not the maternity benefit coverage limit. In other words, any limits on maternity are only for claims directly associated with the pregnancy benefits.
In summary, health insurance plans will provide limited coverage for pregnancy, especially when you consider the 12-month waiting period that is pretty much standard across all UAE health insurance companies. For this reason, it may be wise to only make maternity benefits a secondary consideration when choosing your plan; instead, you should focus on which plan will help you save money for your routine healthcare needs.