New fee structure for lab tests

DUBAI - A new fee structure for laboratory tests and services provided by the Dubai Department of Health and Medical Services (Dohms), has been approved by the Dubai government.

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Published: Sat 8 May 2004, 10:05 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:24 PM

The new fees will be imposed on non-citizens, whether valid health cardholders or not, and will come into force from tomorrow.

The tests include those provided by organic chemistry labs and clinical chemistry labs, for ordinary and specialised analysis, which include 168 different tests, blood borne diseases for which there are 84 tests, bacteriology and virology that include 105 lab tests, immunology which includes 28 tests, cellular biology which includes 14 tests, and genetics which includes 117 different types of tests for hereditary diseases.

Shaikh Hamdan further approved the new fee structure for consultations and visits at clinics and health centres belonging to the Dohms, making it free of charge for UAE nationals carrying valid health cards to visit general and specialist clinics, while UAE nationals without valid health cards have to pay Dh 100 for consultations.

For non-citizens with valid health cards each consultation is Dh 40 at general clinics and Dh 100 at specialist clinics. For non-citizens without valid health cards, consultation fees are Dh 100 at general clinics and Dh 200 at specialist clinics.

Khalid Ahmad Al Shaikh Mubarak, Assistant Director general of Dohms for Financial and Administrative Affairs, said that each year the Dohms carries out 4.5 million laboratory tests at its facilities, pointing out the importance of financial restructuring at the Dohms to reduce the huge financial burden borne by the department alone as a result of providing medical services to everyone in the emirate.

"The Dohms cannot continue to bear this burden especially in view of the steady increase in the number of people utilising our services," Mr. Mubarak said, adding that the new fee structure for laboratory services came about after a study of the services offered and the mechanism for improvement of services to raise the standard of lab services at the Dohms.

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