The National Health Insurance Company, Daman, will cease printing health insurance cards across all its health insurance plans from 1st January, 2019.
The decision to finally cease card printing follows the successful implementation of its secure online platform which allows medical facilities to check health insurance coverage using a digital Daman or Thiqa card available from their respective apps or an Emirates ID.
The initiative to replace physical health insurance cards with digital alternatives or Emirates ID was officially introduced in April 2017. Daman started its phasic approach to cease card printing from last year, starting with Thiqa members.
Commenting on the decision, Dr. Michael Bitzer, CEO of Daman, said, "This is an initiative that both Daman and Thiqa members have supported and taken advantage of from day one through the convenience offered by not needing to carry a health insurance card any longer when medical assistance is needed.
"Changing the way health insurance is administered for the better what we envisage from our investments in technology. Members, medical facilities and partners can be confident that we will continue to leverage modern technology to provide them with services and experiences that are unique to Daman."
Daman confirmed that in exceptional cases where a member does not hold an Emirates ID - such as those entering the country for the first time and newly born babies - the company will print a physical card. It also said that digital cards can be exported as PDF documents or emailed for printing if a physical document is necessary.