Clinic price an­tics aren’t fair to pa­tients or in­sur­ers

7 Days in Dubai - - EVENTS -

I went to a doc­tor’s surgery to­day and I have had the same thing done here be­fore fairly re­cently. I came to set­tle my bill, which I pay and then claim through the provider – and it was three times the pre­vi­ous cost. I im­me­di­ately dis­puted this. It seems they were try­ing to put it through a dif­fer­ent provider than the one I am cov­ered with as a cash pay­ment… I was us­ing my bank card. When I ar­rived I was told there would be a dis­count. Sud­denly when I raised the price query the dis­count was no longer avail­able and also by us­ing my in­sur­ance com­pany the bill plum­meted to one third. Seem­ingly at­ti­tudes that the in­sur­ers will cough up! The girl told me they would put it through ‘dif­fer­ently’. I’m re­ally not sure what was go­ing on but readers be aware that this isn’t how it works… The in­sur­ance com­pa­nies wouldn’t be im­pressed and pre­mi­ums will rise even fur­ther if billing is not cor­rect, putting fur­ther pres­sure on the em­ploy­ers pro­vid­ing us with cover in the first place as a le­gal re­quire­ment. Pa­tient Con­fu­sion Dubai If you are a reg­u­lar reader of 7DAYS Let­ters, you’ll know that road safety, or rather the lack of it, is a hot topic. Typ­i­cally, writers will chas­tise in­di­vid­u­als, groups, na­tions and even whole con­ti­nents about the poor stan­dard of their driv­ing. How­ever, let me share a cou­ple of sta­tis­tics with you. Firstly, in Dubai there are about 1.5 mil­lion ve­hi­cles on the road. Se­condly, last year Dubai Po­lice recorded 3.9 mil­lion of­fences. That is 2.6 of­fences per car. My point is that we are all bad driv­ers. Ev­ery sin­gle one of us. “What?” I can hear you shout­ing in uni­son. “Rub­bish,” you’re say­ing, “I am a good driver.” No, you’re not. Ev­ery sin­gle one of us per­forms acts of bad driv­ing each day on the road, whether we un­der­take, speed, tail­gate, fail to in­di­cate, cut some­one up, drive in the wrong lane, refuse to let some­one in or park il­le­gally. If you don’t be­lieve me then pay close at­ten­tion to your driv­ing for the next 24 hours and you’ll be sur­prised. I did and I was. So what’s the an­swer? Well, firstly we have to ac­cept that we can­not change how other peo­ple drive. So, we need to look at what we can change – our­selves. If ev­ery one of us drove more care­fully then Dubai’s roads would trans­form overnight, as would the num­ber of ac­ci­dents and fa­tal­i­ties. Of course, there will al­ways be driv­ers who don’t care about their safety or oth­ers. They will con­tinue to tail­gate, un­der­take or use the hard shoul­der no mat­ter what. How­ever, they are the mi­nor­ity. We are the ma­jor­ity. And it is the ma­jor­ity that is mak­ing the roads dan­ger­ous and putting your life at risk ev­ery time you get in the car. How can I be sure? Well, do you know what the num­ber one cause of fa­tal ac­ci­dents was last year? Not speed­ing or tail­gat­ing, it was chang­ing lanes with­out in­di­cat­ing. Are you telling me you have never done that?

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