By Andy Sambidge
Dubai Healthcare City Authority tasked with developing emirate as global medical and healthcare hub
The ruler of Dubai has issued a decree to establish a public authority to oversee activities at Dubai Healthcare City.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also the UAE's Prime Minister, has created a body called the Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA).
It will be tasked with developing "top-tier medical colleges and universities, nursing schools and a wide range of research, diagnostic, rehabilitation, nutrition and physiotherapy centres".
Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the wife of Sheikh Mohammed, has been appointed as president of the new authority, state news agency WAM reported.
The law specifies Dubai Healthcare City's objectives, which include promoting Dubai as a global medical and healthcare hub.
Further provisions include the challenge of attracting top quality healthcare specialists and professionals to the emirate, as well as drug manufacturers, research laboratories and pharmacies.
The law also grants responsibility to the authority to inspect facilities licensed to operate in its jurisdiction to ensure high standards of treatment.
Under the new legislation the DHCA will also assume responsibility for imposing and collecting fees for medical treatments.
According to the law, the authority's board of directors will comprise of its president, vice-president and a minimum of seven members who will be appointed by the president.
Membership of the board will be for three years subject to renewal. The authority's executive body will consist of an executive director appointed by the president and a number of administrative staff and finance professionals.
The law also states that the Government of Dubai will not be responsible for any debts or obligations of third parties associated with the authority.
If medical and healthcare costs will be as competetive (if not more) as Thailand and India, then the objective of being a "global and medical healthcare hub" will be achievable
UAE hospitals use the same staff. They are mainly Indian and Philippine qualified staff with some arab trained and a smattering of western qualified doctors. The cost structures should be similar therefore to Thailand and other asian countries targetting medical tourism. Just a thought however. Why is it that when an important person gets sick, they always go to the US or Europe for treatment? Maybe this tells us something!
If this regulatory body is as efficient as RERA for the property market dont expect any improvement for the next decade. It will just make the sector players life more complicated and healthcare more expensive. Just a thought based on last 6 years experience.