New rule: Expats to pay for surgeries in govt hospitals

Hani M. Bathish
Filed on December 23, 2004

DUBAI — Expatriates will have to pay for surgical procedures carried out at all hospitals belonging to the Dubai Department of Health and Medical Services (Dohms) starting from January 15, 2005 according to an administrative order issued recently by the department and approved by Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry.

A price list of 1,069 surgical procedures has been issued by the Dohms. The new fees range from as low as Dh150 for a urethral catheterisation procedure to Dh7,100 for a radical hysterectomy. The fees will be applicable for all non-citizens, whether they hold a valid health card or not.

The department said that it had undertaken a comprehensive and exhaustive study before introducing the new fees. The study took into account several criteria concerning the quality, standard and cost of services offered by the Dohms and the average income levels of individuals living and working in the country, as well as the state of the local economy.

Under the new fee structure for surgical procedures, a classical caesarean section will cost Dh5,300, while an ovarian cystectomy will cost Dh1,900. For paediatric surgical procedures, circumcision for babies under three months old will cost parents Dh300, while for babies over three months of age the cost is Dh600. A ‘Circumcision Re-do’ will cost Dh650. Foreskin trimming alone will cost Dh800, as will foreskin retraction.

Umbilical hernia repair for children will cost Dh1,500, an ingrown toe nail will cost Dh900, a renal biopsy will be for Dh2,300, a cleft lip repair will be for Dh3,900, while a cleft palate repair will be for Dh4,800. A tonsillectomy will cost Dh1,300, while revision of middle ear surgery will cost Dh6,300.

A corneal lasik laser procedure will cost Dh3,100, resuturing of corneal graft will cost Dh1,100, while a corneal biopsy will cost Dh800. For a kidney transplant procedure, the patient will be charged Dh5,500. A radical prostatectomy will cost 5,500, repair of injured bladder will cost Dh1,100, a vasectomy will cost Dh550, while an adult circumcision will cost Dh700.

The price of various procedures for congenital heart disease range between Dh2,300 to Dh6,000, while aortic (heart) valve replacement and mitral valve replacement procedures will each cost Dh6,000.

Plastic surgery procedures will cost between Dh550 to Dh5,500. Rhinoplasty will cost Dh5,500, while corrective rhinoplasty will cost Dh3,200. Breast augmentation will cost Dh3,200, while breast reduction will cost Dh5,500. Liposuction will also cost Dh5,500.

Amputation procedures will range in price from Dh2,300 to Dh5,500. Total knee replacement surgery will cost Dh4,700. Reattachement of a severed digit will cost Dh4,800, while reattachement of a severed hand will cost Dh5,500.

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