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The competent medical committee in charge of pensions is the only authority concerned with establishing medical retirement cases

20 June 2021

The competent medical committee in charge of pensions is the only authority concerned with establishing medical retirement cases

Abu Dhabi, June 20, 2021: The General Pensions and Social Security Authority (GPSSA) said that the competent medical committee in charge of pensions is the only authority concerned with establishing cases of total disability or medical unfitness of the insured or the inability of beneficiaries to earn a living in order to establish their entitlement to receive pension from the GPSSA, noting that such committee is formed by Ministerial Decree No. 924 of 2014, issued by the Minister of Health on June 22, 2014, and its members include specialized physicians and officials from the Ministry of Health, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the private sector, as well as a representative of the GPSSA.

The GPSSA stated that there are several requirements that must be met by the insured and the beneficiaries before submitting their applications to the competent medical committee for establishing a case of total disability, medical unfitness for service or inability to earn a living, the most important of which is the provision of a recent medical report from the treating physician in a government hospital, as well as a comprehensive report on the job of the applicant for retirement and the nature of the job tasks he/she performs. The committee may seek the assistance of any specialized physicians, as it deems fit, to evaluate the reports submitted by the insured or the beneficiary and the status of the applicant, whose decision shall not be binding if the committee decides to adopt it or reject it according to the data, provided that the reasons are indicated in its report. The meeting of the committee shall be deemed duly held if attended by its chairman and two of its members, and its decisions shall be issued unanimously or by a majority vote of the members present.

The GPSSA indicated that the insured persons working in the government sector are referred directly by their employers to the committee before termination of their services. As for the insured persons working in the private sector, they are referred to the committee through the GPSSA based on a letter to be sent by their employer, provided that the application includes all the documents and instruments required for referral to the committee.

It also indicated that the cases and diseases that may be presented to the committee to establish a case of disability differ in their type and degree, and these diseases include cancer, orthopedics, accidents, fractures, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, psychiatric diseases, hematologic diseases, internal diseases, rheumatic diseases, kidney failure, epilepsy and others. In all cases, the establishment of a disability is subject to the decision and discretion of the committee, which shall hold its sessions at least once a month at the headquarters of the Ministry of Health in Dubai.

The GPSSA pointed out that as soon as the case of disability or medical unfitness for service is established by a decision of the committee and the beneficiary's service is ended, the beneficiary shall receive the pension from the day following the date of the end of his/her service, regardless of the beneficiary's age and duration of service registered with the GPSSA, explaining that after the decision is issued, the employer must provide the GPSSA with the file of the insured's end of service and all the required documents and instruments, including the decision of the competent medical committee, through the electronic end-of-service application available on the GPSSA's website, no later than one month from the date of the end of his/her service.

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