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Rapid resolution and redress scheme: Kennedys responds

21 June 2017

Last month, we submitted a response to the Department of Health’s consultation on a rapid resolution and redress scheme for severe avoidable birth injury.

Five countries sever ties with Qatar over 'terrorism'

06 June 2017

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Yemen have all cut diplomatic ties with Qatar yesterday, over Qatar’s alleged support for Islamist groups.

Final deadline for mandatory health insurance declared and health insurance for Dubai visitors required

24 May 2017

The final deadline for mandatory health insurance was issued last month by the Dubai Executive Council, under the Executive Resolution No (6) of 2017 (executive resolution). This means that any sponsor who fails to have the necessary health insurance cover in place by 31 March 2017, can be fined for contravention under the Executive Resolution. In addition, those on travel visit visas to the Emirate of Dubai must also have health insurance in place as a mandatory requirement under the executive resolution.

Kuwait mandatory health insurance presents uncertainty

24 May 2017

Mandatory health insurance is required for all expatriates in Kuwait on a very basic tariff and enforced through residency requirements, i.e. in order to obtain a residency visa, expatriates must have in place the basic mandatory tariff to have residency and or work status.

Abu Dhabi health insurance: amendments to Thiqa health insurance programme

23 May 2017

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces, visited the Burjeel Hospital on 30 April 2017. During his visit, he ordered that holders of Thiqa health insurance cards would no longer pay the deductible 20% of the treatment cost when visiting private medical facilities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Dubai Health Authority fines 25 health insurance law violators

23 May 2017

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) have taken positive action and procured their rights to issue a number of fines for regulatory violations, against market stakeholders, for non-compliance under Law No. 11 of 2013 concerning health insurance in the Emirate of Dubai.

Cyber risks in the healthcare sector: how to comply with the legal requirements and minimize vulnerabilities to a cyber-attack or data security breach

19 May 2017

Security experts suggest personal data contained within healthcare records is worth ten times more than credit card data on the black market. The security of healthcare records is an increasing concern in Hong Kong following the introduction of the Electronic Health Record Sharing System (eHRSS) last year, discussed in our previous edition of the Hong Kong Medical Law Brief. We discuss the relevant legal requirements in relation to data security in the healthcare setting and advise healthcare professionals as to how to comply with these laws and minimise the risks of falling victim to a cyber-attack.

Hong Kong Medical Law Brief: Focus on cyber risks in healthcare - May 2017

19 May 2017

Last Friday’s cyber-attack disrupted IT services across the globe and caused havoc across the NHS in the UK, with a number of Hospital Trusts affected and held to ransom. With that in mind we welcome you to this special edition of our Hong Kong Medical Law Brief, focusing on cyber-risks in the healthcare setting.

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