12 May, 2014

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) holds meeting with private health sector hospitals to discuss medical tourism

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, May 12, 2014In a move to strengthen the medical tourism initiative for the Emirate of Dubai, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) recently held a meeting with private sector hospitals at the Latifa Hospital conference hall.

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) holds meeting with private health sector hospitals to discuss medical tourism
Meeting highlights Medical Tourism Strategy for Emirate of Dubai and key focus areas.

Meeting discusses role of healthcare facilities, importance of medical tourism packages that will be rolled out from September 1, 2014.

All healthcare facilities that want to provide medical tourism need to become a member of the medical tourism club.

The non-profit club will consist of participating healthcare providers, who will receive membership after rigorous screening process.

Dubai Medical tourism website will be launched by the last quarter of 2014- all member details and hyperlinks will be on the comprehensive site.


Dubai, United Arab Emirates,  Dubai, May 12, 2014

In a move to strengthen the medical tourism initiative for the Emirate of Dubai, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) recently held a meeting with private sector hospitals at the Latifa Hospital conference hall.

The aim of the meeting was to  discuss the medical tourism strategy  and the steps to implement it with the private sector. The strategy was prepared after detailed discussion and feedback from the private sector and today's meeting provided facilities with details of the requirements they need to fulfil to provide medical tourism services in Dubai.

The meeting also discussed key focus areas of treatment for medical tourism and the introduction of medical tourism packages to provide medical tourists and their families with excellent healthcare, recreational and touristic facilities- all under one package, for their convenience.

His Excellency Engineer Essa Al Maidoor, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority, said: "In line with the directions of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, we are working with all relevant stakeholders to streamline the medical tourism initiative for the Emirate. Dubai is the world's leading destination for tourism and leisure and since Dubai offers excellent healthcare facilities, medical tourism is an extension of the hospitality that Dubai is synonymous with.  Ensuring that all private players work hand-in-hand with us and are aligned with the overall medical tourism strategy, will ensure smooth functioning of a dynastic health sector and will benefit both medical tourists as well as the healthcare providers."

Dr Ramadan Ibrahim, director of medical regulation and director of the medical tourism program, said: "All relevant stakeholders including immigration, the aviation industry, the hospitality sector, public and private hospitals will work together to ensure medical tourists receive both excellent treatment as well as world-class hospitality that Dubai is synonymous with."

Medical tourism membership

He said the next step for the hospitals and health facilities interested in being part of this initiative is to fill out the detailed medical tourism eligibility form and submit all documents with the Dubai medical tourism department within the DHA regulation section.


The documents will then be evaluated by the medical tourism committee and the hospitals will receive platinum, gold or silver membership based on their score. Ibrahim said: " The committee will look into detailed aspects of every health facility. For example, they need to provide us details of the specialties they would like to promote, the details of the doctors who provide those specialties, the number of procedures they have conducted etc.  All this information will be re-verified with the  DHA health regulation office as part of the secondary verification check.  In addition to medical facilities, we will also evaluate hospitals on the basis of the comfort and ease they provide patients. This includes checking whether they have translators, chauffer services etc., which will all be part of the medical tourism package. At the end of the day, it's about providing both excellence in medical service.

Medical tourism package:

Ibrahim said: In order to achieve this, hospitals will be asked to chalk out medical tourism packages. The package will include treatment, visa, hotel accommodation as well as recreational activities for families who accompany the patient.

"The first package will be launched in September this year and will be wellness and preventive services package. This includes executive full body check-ups etc."

Ruhi added that the Dubai medical tourism website will be will be launched by the last quarter of 2014- all member details and hyperlinks will be on the comprehensive site.

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Statistics

·        Global Medical Tourism revenues are estimated at 30 billion dollars( annual growth of up to 16 per cent.) This growth is expected to double by 2020.

·        Total number of health facilities in Dubai are 2518.

·        More than 70 per cent of hospitals in Dubai have international accreditations.

·        Number of healthcare professionals working in the private sector are 25,846.

·        No of hospitals under construction at the moment : 18.

Priority areas for the medical tourism initiative:

·        Orthopaedic and sports medicine

·        Plastic surgery

·        Ophthalmology

·        Dental procedures

·        Dermatology

·        Preventive health check-ups

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