A Guide to Dubai Healthcare

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Healthcare is a very important factor for everyone, which is why you need to know the basics about the healthcare for where you’re living. This is our guide to the Dubai healthcare.

The UAE’s main goal for 2016 is to slow trends that have happened previously such as, obesity, diabetes and deaths from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Dubai is widely recognised for its healthcare with some of the best medical facilities in the world, making having the right healthcare insurance crucial.

The UAE is beginning to move towards employer paid health insurance, which can help companies reduce future claims and have a healthier workforce, which will in turn ensure higher productivity and lower absenteeism.

Although emergency care will be given no matter if the patient is a UAE citizen or a foreign national, it isn’t always as simple for foreign nationals to receive regular or scheduled care at a public facility.

The UAE has been trying to promote private healthcare and health insurance with the hopes of improving both public and private facilities.

For expats living in Dubai, applying for a health card from the UAE’s Ministry of Health, will allow you to receive care at a public facility. This is useful if you are living without medial insurance.

You will be able to receive free medical treatment from state hospitals, GP clinics and surgeries. Government-run hospitals include Dubai Hospital, Rashid Hospital, Maktoum Hospital and Al Wasl Hospital.

Dubai Hospital

Dubai Hospital first opened its doors in 1983 after the decision to construct the hospital was ordered in 1977. The general medical/surgical hospital is made up of 625 beds across 14 stories. The first two lower floors being for Accident & Emergency and rest for wards.

Rashid Hospital

Rashid Hospital was built in 1973, making it the city’s second oldest hospital. The new Trauma Centre was completed in mid 2006, 7 years after it was proposed.

The Rashid Hospital deals with some of the largest volumes of major trauma in the world.

Al Wasl

Al Wasl has an excellent Maternity, Gynaecology and Paediatrics hospital, which was recognised by the United Nations Children’s Fund as a baby-friendly facility. In 2012 the hospital was renamed Latifa Hospital, in memory of Sheikha Latifa Bint Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Gradually over time, the UAE has been making it compulsory for expatriates to purchase their own health insurance. This could result in expats not being able to take advantage of public facilities if they do not have any health insurance. To guarantee you get the right health insurance for you and your family, make sure you thoroughly research all the insurers, and invest in the perfect health insurance so you are able to receive the healthcare you need.

Dubai Healthcare City

Dubai Healthcare City is one of the prominent leaders in private facilities in the emirate. Dubai Healthcare City not only offers international-standard private healthcare but it also provides healthcare training.

Some of the 10 private facilities that Dubai Healthcare City currently oversees have ties to other internationally renowned hospitals. One of these links is the UK’s Royal College of Surgeons. Having these ties has facilitated the development of excellent local training facilities for UAE doctors and nursing staff.

The American Hospital and the Welcare Hospital are two of Dubai’s private hospitals.

The American Hospital was the first in the region to have received accreditation from the Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA) in the US. All of its physicians have recognised qualifications from the US or other western countries. This hospital not only offers a full range of primary and secondary medical treatment facilities but also facilities in cardiac, joint replacement and diabetes care.

Much like the American Hospital, internationally qualified and experienced healthcare specialists staff the Welcare Hospital. This hospital also offers a high standard of care and treatment across a wide range of medial areas.

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