UAE needs 1,000 ICU beds to meet patient demands

Healthcare spending in the Emirates is expected to touch $19.5 billion in 2020, according to some estimates

As many as 1,000 additional ICU beds will be required by 2021 to meet the UAE's growing demand for patient healthcare needs, say senior officials from LINET Group.

The announcement was made with regard to the growing health care sector in the UAE, which is currently witnessing a structural shift and poised to record a strong growth of 60 percent in the next five years to Dh103 million by 2021, according to a latest research by Mena Research Partners.

ICU beds are specifically designed to provide comfort and cater to patient needs. This specialised medical equipment provides flexibility and relaxation to the patient.

According to a study by Meticulous Research, the global hospital beds market is expected to reach $2357.1 million by 2021, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.7 per cent over the period of 2016 to 2021. In addition, research by Infiniti Research found that the global market for ICU and operating room equipment, driven by advancements and innovations, will grow at a CAGR of 7 percent until 2020. North America has the largest market for medical beds and chairs, followed by Europe and Middle East. This is due to technological advancements, increasing awareness of diseases, increased healthcare expenditure and well developed healthcare infrastructure in these regions.

“The market for ICU beds in the UAE is expected to experience high growth rate in the next few years due to the fast growing healthcare sector. In addition, the technological innovations, increasing disposable income and demand for better healthcare services are driving the growth for ICU beds in the UAE and the region,” said Mr. Jiří Plecitý, Managing Director LINET Middle East and Africa.

“The UAE government and the private sector have made substantial investments in the healthcare sector which has improved the hospital infrastructure driving medical innovation. The country has created a strong healthcare framework, which is supported with effective technology and enhanced health care equipment to better and reduce the costs of healthcare delivery,” Plecitý said.

In recent years, the private and public sector in the UAE have not only developed new medical facilities, but also expanded the existing critical care facilities to provide high-quality healthcare services. Alpen Capital expects healthcare spending in the UAE to touch $19.5 billion in 2020, up from $10.7bn in 2015. The demand for hospital beds is expected to rise by almost 3 per cent each year and hit 13,800 beds by 2020. A growing population and the introduction of mandatory health coverage are fuelling much of the growth.

“A lot of new hospitals are coming up in Dubai. While the existing hospitals have become specialised facilities, clinics are also upgrading to polyclinics whereas day care surgery is upgrading to hospitals. Good quality healthcare services are spearheading the need for good infrastructure which in turn is driving the demand for ICU beds in the UAE and the region. This leading landmark is a translation of UAE’s attention to human health, with an emphasis on quality,” Plecitý said.

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