Abu Dhabi: Two years ago people living and working in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi had limited or no access to health insurance. Now 1,031,000 members are enrolled under the National Health Insurance Company (DAMAN) and plans to increase that number across the UAE are underway.

A two-day regional conference attracted over 600 doctors, specialists and insurance providers on its first day and highlighted the significant changes witnessed in the past few years in the healthcare and health insurance industry.

Various speakers from DAMAN and the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) covered various topics on Tuesday.

Some of which included the implementation of compulsory insurance. Zaid Al Siksik, CEO of HAAD revealed that the UAE has one of the highest birth rates in the world, which requires constant upgrading in the healthcare sector.