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Old Mar 23rd 2008, 12:19 pm
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Hi,

I am here with my family and all on visit visas at the moment with residency in about a month.

If one of us got ill and we needed to see a doctor - what is the procedure here? Assuming something happens before our health cover kicks in on 1st May.

Do I ring somewhere first or just turn up and what are the costs for seeing a doctor for 'normal' ailments without holding a medical card yet?

Thanks for your help in advance - bit worried about this!
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Default Re: Seeing a doctor with non-resident status

Originally Posted by amir431974
Hi,

I am here with my family and all on visit visas at the moment with residency in about a month.

If one of us got ill and we needed to see a doctor - what is the procedure here? Assuming something happens before our health cover kicks in on 1st May.

Do I ring somewhere first or just turn up and what are the costs for seeing a doctor for 'normal' ailments without holding a medical card yet?

Thanks for your help in advance - bit worried about this!
No worries whatsoever. At Al Wasl Hospital for example you will just pay AED200 for the consultation. When you get your Health Card, it falls to AED100...
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For Abu Dhabi

Had a quick scan of this site so sorry if I missed something but is there something which indicates where to go if you have problems or what to do in an emergency?

Sort of things like;

Having a heart attack or some medical emergency at home or in the street?

Which is the best place for ex-pats with maybe a non-emergency medical issue like a stomach illness, constant headaches or std!

Just would point out I don't have any of these (really...nor do I have 'a friend' with them either!) but even I am not sure where to go with so many hospitals everywhere in the city. I've heard stories about don't use this hospital, that one is ok for emergencies, keep away from Dr X and go to Dr Y, that hospital will only treat locals, that place is only for poor ex-pats...

I have Daman medical cover. Is there something which gives some idea or anyone have recommendations so we can formulate a list?

Have to laugh. I was introduced to a friend new boyfriend who is a doctor practicing in Dubai...he's struck off in his own country!
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Default Re: Seeing a doctor with non-resident status

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For Abu Dhabi

Had a quick scan of this site so sorry if I missed something but is there something which indicates where to go if you have problems or what to do in an emergency?
Black Cloud - appropriate name. I think that you don't find out about this from the site because no-one is that bothered. Dubai regulatory authorities take care of things not us. Hopefully you will not need to avail yourself.

Specifically though - if you have a heart attack on the street you should apply in writing for medical attention from the MoH. Your letter should be translated into Arabic.

For STD you should contact a paratrooper and have your boyfriend killed.

Your friend's cohort having been struck off is an innovation to - 'trust me, I'm a doctor.'

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Default Re: Seeing a doctor with non-resident status

Originally Posted by amir431974
Hi,

I am here with my family and all on visit visas at the moment with residency in about a month.

If one of us got ill and we needed to see a doctor - what is the procedure here? Assuming something happens before our health cover kicks in on 1st May.

Do I ring somewhere first or just turn up and what are the costs for seeing a doctor for 'normal' ailments without holding a medical card yet?

Thanks for your help in advance - bit worried about this!
Emergency treatment is free... otherwise go to the Iranian hospital.. they were great with my daughter... paid 60DHS, saw a doctor within seconds, then collected the prescribed medicines.. all covered by the 60DHS. No medical card required.
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Default Re: Seeing a doctor with non-resident status

Originally Posted by lionheart
No worries whatsoever. At Al Wasl Hospital for example you will just pay AED200 for the consultation. When you get your Health Card, it falls to AED100...
A slightly different scenario, i have a visa but my partner doesn't possibly for the next year so if that's the case & she keeps doing visa runs will she still fall into the same category ?
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A slightly different scenario, i have a visa but my partner doesn't possibly for the next year so if that's the case & she keeps doing visa runs will she still fall into the same category ?
you can only do so many visa runs so I don't think she will manage a year. If you go to any of the private Doctors you don't need to show your visa, and anyone can receive treatment at the government hospitals, resident or not.
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you can only do so many visa runs so I don't think she will manage a year. If you go to any of the private Doctors you don't need to show your visa, and anyone can receive treatment at the government hospitals, resident or not.
Can you recommend any private doctors / dentists ? Any idea on price

Less than a year for a visa run ????? Blimey i better get the business up & running, im guessing i could than act as her sponsor ?
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Can you recommend any private doctors / dentists ? Any idea on price

Less than a year for a visa run ????? Blimey i better get the business up & running, im guessing i could than act as her sponsor ?
yes you could 'employ' her. Get a copy of a mag called CONNECTOR, all the Docs are listed in there.
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yes you could 'employ' her. Get a copy of a mag called CONNECTOR, all the Docs are listed in there.
Cool, but you defo dont need a visa to see a private doc or dentist ?
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Cool, but you defo dont need a visa to see a private doc or dentist ?
definately not
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definately not
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Default Re: Seeing a doctor with non-resident status

Originally Posted by pauldxb
A slightly different scenario, i have a visa but my partner doesn't possibly for the next year so if that's the case & she keeps doing visa runs will she still fall into the same category ?
Iranian Hospital in most cases unless you want to spend a little more and get international health insurance from a multinational company...you can get treatment anywhere on the planet then and you wouldn't need any kind of local health card or a visa.

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