3,018 private health facilities are in Dubai: DHA

number increases 4% to 3,018 this year

DUBAI 29 June 2017: The number of private medical health facilities in Dubai has witnessed a 4 per cent increase in the second quarter of this year taking the total to 3,018, the Dubai Heath Authority, DHA, revealed.

This increase includes private hospitals, speciality health centres, pharmacies, as well as diagnostic and dental centres.

Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the DHA, said that big capabilities, infrastructure, modern facilities and procedures of the city, make Dubai an attractive investment destination for the private sector. This is especially in the medical field, which has been witnessing an annual growth in Dubai.

He added that the authority is developing all its systems to create a suitable environment for local and international investors in the medical field. It is also working on developing standards and regulations to provide international medical services, which are supported by the latest state-of-the-art technology.

During a meeting held with Al Qatami, the Health Regulation Department at DHA in the presence of its Director Dr. Marwan Al Mulla, displayed the action plan and initiatives that the authority plans on implementing.

This action plan aims to develop private medical facilities through regulation, individual and facility licensing, inspections as well as reaffirming the relationship between private and public sectors.

Al Qatami stressed the importance of auditing papers, scientific certificates and documents when providing licenses to individuals and facilities. He said it is important to make sure that the buildings of health centres, clinics and hospitals are disability friendly, before providing a license (in collaboration with the concerned parties in Dubai).

He added that it is important to reassess medical fines to make them compatible with the services provided and also with Dubai’s existing laws and regulations to prevent any illegality that can cause mistrust among customers in the health services provided in Dubai.

Al Qatami directed the regulations department to develop their systems and inspection methods to benefit the public and ensure that the authority achieves customer satisfaction with the medical services provided in the city.

He also called on the department to raise awareness among the public about the level of medical services expected at private medical facilities and inform them about the available smart systems through which they can voice their complaints.

He urged them to make sure that the advertisements of private medical services are at par with what is being offered in reality and also with the UAE’s culture.

By Angel Chan