|21 April, 2019

DHA Director General tours King's College Hospital in Dubai

Al Qutami made this statement while visiting King's College Hospital in Dubai, were he toured the facility along with His Excellency Christian Schuhmacher, the hospital's CEO, along with a number of officials and specialists

DHA Director General tours King's College Hospital in Dubai

Dubai: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) strives to continue on strengthening its relations with the private health sector of Dubai to better serve the people of Dubai and provide them with quality services, His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of the DHA said.

Al Qutami made this statement while visiting King’s College Hospital in Dubai, were he toured the facility along with His Excellency Christian Schuhmacher, the hospital’s CEO, along with a number of officials and specialists.

Al Qutami said that Dubai is home to a number of international private hospitals, clinics and centres who work alongside the authority to serve the community and its members. The increasing number of international medical facilities choosing to open in Dubai does not only further develop the medical sector in the city to meet the increasing demand, but also promotes medical tourism.

He added that the DHA has developed smart systems such as Sheryan, which eases the licensing process of facilities and health professionals seeking to work in Dubai’s private health sector. This supports the authority’s goals of attracting the best-qualified specialists. As of this year, there are around 38,392 doctors, assistants and technicians working in Dubai.

Al Qutami commended the advanced level of equipment adopted at King's College Hospital and its qualified doctors after touring the hospital’s various departments and after being briefed on the latest treatment methods used in the hospital.      

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For further information, please contact:
Mahmoud Al Ali
Kamakshi Gupta and Noor Nazzal
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Communications Analysts- Media Dept.
Dubai Health Authority
Dubai Health Authority
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About the Dubai Health Authority:
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) was created, in June 2007, by Law 13 issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, with an expanded vision to include strategic oversight for the complete health sector in Dubai and enhance private sector engagement. 

Prior to the establishment of the DHA, the Department of Health and Medical Services, which was established in 1973, was the functioning authority that almost exclusively focused on health service delivery.

In May 2018, H.H Sheikh Mohammed, issued Law No. (6) Of 2018 of the DHA. The new Law further enables the DHA to achieve its objectives including regulating medical services in Dubai, enhancing competiveness and transparency, improving medical services and products based on international best practices and achieving the sector’s objectives according to approved strategic plans.

According to the Law, DHA will ensure the availability of quality medical insurance programmes, improve medical services according to the highest international standards, contribute to providing attractive infrastructure for investments, boost Dubai’s position as a global hub for medical tourism and medical education, encourage innovation in the healthcare sector and improve preventive healthcare measures.

The Law specified DHA’s responsibilities to include preparing a comprehensive strategic plan for Dubai’s healthcare sector, conducting studies and surveys to define Dubai’s future needs and matching the results with future investments, licensing and monitoring medical workers and medical facilities according to DHA’s approved regulations. Its responsibilities also include regulating medical education and medical research in collaboration with competent local and international authorities and drafting and developing policies and procedures for the healthcare sector in Dubai.

The Law authorises DHA to regulate and approve the prices of medical services offered by private healthcare facilities in Dubai and ensure the quality of medical services. DHA is also responsible for regulating and facilitating the sending of patients for specialised medical treatment to healthcare facilities both within and outside the country, regulating and overseeing medical tourism in collaboration with concerned authorities, managing and developing policies that govern medical insurance and regulating medical advertising in Dubai.

H.H Sheikh Mohammed also issued Decree No. 17 of 2018 establishing subsidiaries of the DHA: the Dubai Healthcare Corporation and Dubai Health Insurance Corporation to further enhance healthcare services in Dubai and enable DHA to fulfil its responsibilities and obligations.

Three new strategic sectors were also added as part of the decree; they include Strategy and Corporate Development, Health Regulation, and Shared Support Services.

In addition to overseeing the health sector for the Emirate of Dubai, the DHA also focuses on providing services through DHA healthcare facilities including Latifa, Dubai, Rashid and Hatta Hospitals, its 12 primary healthcare centres, 17 medical fitness centres and its 6 specialty centres.

For more information, visit DHA’s website: www.dha.gov.ae 

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