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Dubai Healthcare

The quality of healthcare in Dubai is generally high and equal to that in western Europe and the USA, except for highly specialised treatment.

Owing to Dubai’s small population and the numerous medical facilities in the private and public sectors, long waiting lists are almost unheard of. For specialised treatment, however, it’s sometimes necessary to seek medical assistance outside Dubai, and locals who can afford it often do so. Members of the ruling families and wealthy Arabs invariably have all major operations outside their own territory, particularly in London and American cities. Although some of Dubai’s doctors and medical staff are local, the vast majority are foreign and were trained in their home countries. The attraction of Dubai for them is the same as for most other expatriates: financial reward.

Dubai’s public healthcare is run by the Department of Health and Medical Services (DOHMS). It provides free (or very low cost) medical services for UAE residents. Many of the practitioners are foreign health professionals trained in their home countries. A high percentage of these professionals come from USA, India, Egypt, Europe, and Pakistan. Their qualifications are carefully verified before they can practice healthcare in Dubai.

In general, Dubai aims to improve the over-all well-being of its people. Its strategy is to provide patient-specific care. The most popular medical services provided by healthcare providers in Dubai include immunisations and vaccinations, psychiatric treatments, medical fitness examinations, community services (such as marriage and family counselling), adult and infant yoga therapy, rehabilitation, and education on health and nutrition.

There are approximately 20 clinics and hospitals distributed across the Emirate. The ratio of clinics/hospitals to patients is 1:78,000. One of the more impressive practices of medical professionals in Dubai is the post-clinic, private medical call. These are considered as part of their responsibilities. Medical attention is provided, regardless of residency or nationality.

American Mission Hospitals, which used to operate on a part-private (for those who could afford treatment), part-free (for those who couldn’t) basis, played an important part in the development of medical services and can still be found today, although they no longer offer free treatment. Dubai now has a public health service providing free or very low cost health care for its nationals and it’s important to note that these services are also available to expatriates. For some time, however Dubai has been encouraging businesses to provide medical insurance for their employees, to lighten the burden on the national purse. Tourists visiting Dubai should have travel insurance that includes cover for private medical treatment, but they also have access to state medical facilities in the case of emergencies.





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