The Dubai Hospital Waived A Resident’s AED760,000 COVID-19 Medical Bill
Amazing story of the Dubai Hospital waving a huge medical bill for an Indian resident who couldn’t afford it.
Odnala Rajesh, an Indian construction worker, was admitted to the Dubai Hospital in April with COVID-19 symptoms, he tested positive and spent 80 days under medical care tackling the virus.
Fully recovered, his final bill amounted to AED762,555.24, which he or his family were unable to pay.
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Mr Rajesh recovered fully and his family were unable to afford the medical bill or the repatriation costs
On receiving a COVID-19 negative result, his family attempted to help with his repatriation but could not afford the medical bill or the flights.
Fortunately, his case was closely monitored by Gulf Workers Protection who brought the information to the Indian Consulate General of Dubai. The Consulate then wrote a letter to the hospital requesting they waive the medical bill, and the plea was accepted. Rajesh landed back in the Hyderabad International Airport on Wednesday and he has been granted 14-day home quarantine.
The large sum was waived on humanitarian grounds, while his flight was paid for by a social worker, according to reports
He received 80 days of treatment before he was finally discharged
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Residents are still urged to follow precautionary measures including wearing masks and social distancing to continue to curb the spread of COVID-19.
If you’ve run out of disposable masks or are looking for quality reusable masks (to avoid being fined AED 3000) then check these out:
1. A pack of 50 three-layer disposable medical face masks for AED 37.96.
2. Advance reusable face mask, suitable for when you go running or cycling for AED 122.00.
3. Pack of 8 adjustable and slightly more affordable reusable face masks with breathing filters and earloops, for AED 70.00.