SAUDI ARABIA

New medical services added to health insurance policy

January 31, 2018
Fatima Muhammad

Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH
— Dental and gum treatment as well as one-time teeth cleaning during policy period will be covered in the new cooperative health insurance bylaws which will be implemented in July 2018.

An announcement to this effect was made by the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance (CCHI) on Wednesday.

The new insurance bylaws also allow the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) vaccine and early test programs for hearing problems, newborns’ heart problems, gastric sleeve surgeries for people with 45 BMI. Among the new diseases covered by insurance are psychological issues that require hospital care indicated by the Ministry of Health and psoriasis.

Baby milk formula will also be covered by insurance for babies who medically need it until they reach 24 months of age.

All insurance companies must now give an annual coverage of at least SR500,000 for medical check-ups, diagnoses, treatment, medications, admission, and surgeries.

Mohammad Hussain, secretary general of the CCHI, said that from July 2018 only the new cooperative health insurance bylaws will be valid.


January 31, 2018
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