Drug stores in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have claimed they have been left waiting for insurance companies to foot the bill for medicines.
Speaking to Emirate Business, one pharmacist, who opted to remain anonymous said it had been "extremely difficult to get payment from insurance companies" for the last couple of months.
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The effect of this backlog in the payment system is that a number of small pharmacies "are finding it difficult to pay their suppliers on time because their money is stuck with the insurance companies", observed Jobi Lal, assistant general manager, sales, of the Medcare pharmacy chain.
"We haven’t experienced any payment defaults from insurance companies but payment delay is a big issue for large and small pharmacies," Lal went on.
According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, over one million British people will visit the UAE this year and more than 120,000 have made the region their home.
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