A number of healthcare professionals in the United Arab Emirates have stated that the cost of treating corona cases is free of charge
A number of healthcare professionals in the United Arab Emirates stated that the cost of treating coronal conditions in the country starts from 370 dirhams to 140,000 dirhams, noting that the cost of treatment varies according to two main criteria: the patient's health condition, the degree of injury he suffers, and the type of hospital in which the facility is treated Governmental, private, health or household isolation.
"The Vision" contacted a number of doctors and intensive care professionals in government and private hospitals, in addition to a number of health insurance company officials, to reach the true cost of treating a Corona patient in the country, bearing in mind that it is a complex process due to multiple levels of infection.
According to the Covid-19 Case Management Protocol, prepared by the National Covid-19 Case Management Committee, Corona patients are divided into 4 main types: those who have patients with no confirmed symptoms, and those with a confirmed 5-day upper respiratory infection without pneumonia The confirmed cases of pneumonia continue for 7 days, and severe and severe cases last for 10 days.
It is noteworthy that at the global and local levels, the World Health Organization and the Abu Dhabi Center for Public Health estimated that 80% of cases with symptoms of aura do not appear on mild and moderate symptoms, while 13.8% of them are severe, and 6.1% are critical.
The doctors and specialists with whom the “vision” spoke to confirmed that for the first type they are patients who do not have symptoms, and the protocol states that they do not receive any treatment, and that they only have to adhere to the household isolation and are followed by a bracelet they wear, as well as a phone call with them, in this case the patient’s cost is (370) dirhams, which is the standard price for a PCR examination.
The second type is patients who show upper respiratory infection without pneumonia, also reside at home, and are treated for 5 days, with 4 methods of treatment in this case, but the most common is the use of (Lubinavir - ritonavir 200) / 50 mg) which is It is known as (Caltra) group at the rate of two tablets twice daily, and the price of the package (2353 dirhams), and the doctor cannot prescribe to the patient the Caltra group and replace it with (faviraver) whose average price for a tablet is $ 25 in the UAE and the patient will need 20 tablets Of which (1840 dirhams).
The third type confirms that they are infected with pneumonia for 7 consecutive days. There are 4 different treatment programs in which they take the drug for 7 consecutive days. The program can be selected from them, according to the doctor's evaluation. The most commonly used treatment program for these cases is the Kaltra group (priced at 2,353 dirhams) with hydroxychloroquine 400 milligrams (104.5 dirhams), and these patients remain under observation for an average of 7 days in field hospitals or isolation facilities such as hotels or standard hospital rooms, The average daily cost is two thousand dirhams, including treatment, bringing the total treatment for this case (14,000 dirhams).
The fourth case is the one that requires a lot of money for treatment while they are suffering from critical or critical conditions, and doctors and insurance professionals confirmed that the average cost of a Corona patient in intensive care per day is 10 thousand dirhams, and this includes the cost of the intensive care bed and the ventilator follow-up devices Other medical, medical staff, and medication payment.
Doctors emphasized that most of the financial allocations borne by health insurance companies or the government of the United Arab Emirates to treat coronary patients go to those who are critical and critical with the nature of the cost of their treatment programs, noting that the average period of patients staying in intensive care in this case is two weeks, meaning that the cost of treatment The entire patient is 140 thousand dirhams.
There are many medications obtained by patients with critical conditions, such as faviravir ($ 25 per tablet), camostat, ribavirin (688 dirhams), caltra, interferon (5.664.5 dirhams), treatment ($ 100 for the ampoule) According to the price list of medicines updated at the beginning of June from the Ministry of Health and Community Protection, in addition to the high cost of using non-drug treatments such as convalescence and stem cells.
For his part, the health insurance expert, Dr. Hazem Madi The patients are of two types: the first is checks and checks, he takes the medicine and goes to his home, and the second requires his condition to enter and stay in the hospital. In the second type, the patient's bill is divided into 3 sub-bills, the first for residency, the second for doctors and the third for medical consumables, laboratories and x-rays.
He explained that the cost of corona patients with intensive care is high, and the cost is 4 times the regular room, and that those who enter hospitals are those who suffer only complications, and that the insurance documents are divided into two groups: one workers whose salaries are less than 4 thousand dirhams, and one comprehensive, which indicates The average common insurance coverage in the levels of health insurance in the Emirates is half a million dirhams per year per person.
He added that insurance companies bear the cost of treating Corona patients, but the government bears all the costs of uninsured patients, noting that the only case that insurance companies refuse to cover is the existence of claims for medically unjustified procedures.
He pointed out that the effect of Corona on insurance companies is positive in the short term, because Corona has reduced the number of regular hospital auditors and thus reduces pressure on insurance companies very significantly, but in the long term there is a negative impact due to the cancellation of insurance policies for other types of events and different events such as documents Insurance, travel, evacuation and other documents that have been suspended and their impact will appear during the last two quarters of this year.