Health insurance policies need clarifying

A reader donated Dh140,000 to cover the cost of Hassan Sultan's urgent surgery. Chris Whiteoak / The National
A reader donated Dh140,000 to cover the cost of Hassan Sultan's urgent surgery. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Your article Father of seven could lose sight in one eye (December 2) was sad to read. I thought it was now compulsory to have health insurance for which sponsors are responsible. It seems that the details of such coverage schemes still need to be clarified.

Raj Jheeta, Al Ain

What a sad story. Perhaps the mandatory health insurance band needs to be raised so people are fully covered.

Tanya Milbourne, Abu Dhabi

Jerusalem decision could be catastrophic

In reference to your article Jerusalem decision expected this week (December 2), the United States and Israel should take the ultimatum about another intifada seriously. I was in the Palestinian territories when the second intifada broke out in 2000 and saw the effects firsthand.

Patricia Estep, Abu Dhabi

UAE foresight must be a source of envy among many

In reference to your video Louvre Abu Dhabi receives mega-structure treatment from National Geographic documentary (December 4), the UAE only believes in growth and the future. Needless to say, this must be a source of envy for many countries around the world.

Melanie Rose, Dubai

Northern Ireland should join Europe to continue thriving

I refer to your article Brexit prompts UK lawyer rush to Ireland to retain EU practices (December 3). I think it's best if Northern Ireland joins Europe, given that the United Kingdom is headed for uncertainty.

Brigitte Mercedes, United States

iPhone bug a nuisance to millions

In reference to your article iPhone users hit by bug causing phones to crash (December 2), this bug really did cause my phone battery to die from constant rebooting and I was stranded in the middle of a European capital as a result.

Cara Gosatti, Dubai

The golden age was centuries ago but it still provokes debate

Your article How did the Muslim world let its lead in science slip - and how can it thrive again? (December 3) was thought-provoking.

What exacerbates this lag in science and research is the ever-increasing regional conflict and tensions. Instead of visiting libraries or conducting research, youth in conflict-ridden zones end up with little choice but to become activists or fighters, whether on nationalist or religious grounds. One needn't look further than history. The West had its dark ages and China had its "century of humiliation". It seems the Muslim world is going through its times of hardship in our day and age.

Name withheld by request

On the contrary, I taught mathematics to Emirati students when I lived in the UAE and found a huge inclination towards the maths and science disciplines. All that is needed is a little discipline to persevere in the academic arena.

Troy Patrick, United States

This is a very interesting debate that deserves further investigation.

Nicolas Benoit, France

Updated: December 4, 2017 04:20 PM


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