MoH to bring four legislations soon

ABU DHABI — The Ministry of Health (MoH) plans to implement four important laws soon.

By Nada S. Mussallam

Published: Wed 30 May 2007, 9:08 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:30 AM

The proposed legislations include a much-awaited law on mandatory health insurance scheme for expatriates in Dubai and Northern Emirates, and a draft law on tobacco control, the Minister of Health, Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qutami, has said.

The MoH will also enact laws on pharmacy and medical liability, which are likely to be endorsed by the higher authorities before the end of the summer season, said the minister.

The MoH has finalised drafting of the laws and submitted them to the concerned authorities for ratification. Qattami expressed his ministry’s keenness to enact these laws at the earliest.

The draft bill on health insurance is designed to replace the existing health card system and will serve both the public and private sectors, with the main aim of alleviating the suffering of expatriates who often reel under the exorbitant medical expenses.

The law on tobacco control focuses on imposing restrictions on the consumption and promotion of tobacco products, with a special emphasis on banning tobacco advertising and promotion.

The medical liability draft bill, which mainly covers medial malpractices and medical insurance, focuses on regulating medical practices and providing patients with quality health services.

The proposed federal pharmacy law aims to cope with the international drug policies and create a balanced drug control policy.

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