By Staff writer
Agreement inked between Health Authority – Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority
Abu Dhabi's healthcare regulator has signed an agreement with tourism chiefs to establish a medical tourism network in the emirate.
Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) signed an agreement today to establish a medical tourism to set up the network for international patients travelling to the UAE capital for healthcare and treatment services.
HAAD and TCA Abu Dhabi said in a statement cited by state news agency WAM that they aim to develop best-in-class service providers for international patients seeking specialised medical treatment and expertise in Abu Dhabi.
The network will also ensure that patients and their families are provided with holistic services while they are being treated in the emirate, WAMM reported.
Dr Asma Al Mannaei, director of the Healthcare Quality Division at HAAD, said: "Through this agreement with TCA Abu Dhabi, and in collaboration with our prospective partners, we look forward to building a solid foundation from which to cultivate a fully-fledged system for the provision of healthcare services for international patients travelling to the emirate."
Those admitted into the planned network will be selected primarily based on their performance in the Abu Dhabi Quality Index Programme launched by HAAD in 2014.
The JAWDA Index Programme addresses four main areas - safety, effectiveness of care, timeliness of service delivery, and patient-centric delivery of care, based on a set of quality outcome indicators for each category.
Sultan Al Dhaheri, acting executive cirector, Tourism Sector, TCA Abu Dhabi, added: "This agreement will follow four principles that represent our strategic approach to encourage medical tourism to Abu Dhabi. These principles include raising awareness for the medical sector in Abu Dhabi, establishing a framework for our initiatives, promoting networking opportunities and developing new marketing ideas for the industry.
"In gathering leading representatives from all relevant industry sectors in Abu Dhabi, our vision is to create a forum for potential medical tourism packages, itineraries and timeframes."For all the latest health tips & news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
This is great, however, have the authorities analysed how many residents go overseas for their healthcare? Last time I travelled overseas for my healthcare there were 6 wheelchairs awaiting patients upon arrival back in Dubai who had surgery overseas. Whilst in that foreign country, there were so many GCC nationals at the hospital, that I felt like I was back in the GCC. An Emirates steward told me that their planes are full of medical patients on flights to Germany, hence, is that why Emirates if flying an A380 to Frankfort now? Hospitals are as good as its doctors and patients want an efficient process to their medical care. I have yet to find a hospital that can do pre-billing in Dubai. Most of my tests had to be sent overseas for processing in Dubai and they were simple blood tests, yet you have a lab full of staff that apparently are incapable of running a test. A good doctor is more than a nice suit.
Great Initiative, however I recently brought my mother on visit , she has rheumatic arthritis I visited one of the hospital maintained by big Abu Dhabi fund , they charged me 1200 Dhs for 3 x-rays . I was surprised and have to pay no other option. If UAE is planning to have medical tourism then these type of high charges need to get under control by the HAAD.