Dubai ruler says the UAE places a high priority on health services and community welfare
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, has issued a new law which aims to redouble Dubai's aim to become a global healthcare hub.
Law No. (8) of 2018 on the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) seeks to improve regulation of medical services in the emirate, enhance competiveness and transparency, improve medical services and products based on international best practices and further develop medical tourism.
Sheikh Mohammed affirmed that the UAE places a high priority on health services and community welfare, and developing the sector is one of the most important objectives of the country’s sustainable development plans.
He said in a statement: “The new law will facilitate a new growth phase in the healthcare sector and help cement Dubai’s position as a global hub for medical tourism. We want to offer the best healthcare facilities and services and attract top healthcare establishments, the best medical personnel and the most advanced technologies.”
He also called on Dubai’s medical community to pursue innovation and develop creative solutions for meeting future requirements and achieving strategic objectives.
According to the law, DHA will ensure the availability of quality medical insurance programmes, improve medical services according to the highest international standards, contribute to providing attractive infrastructure for investments, boost Dubai’s position as a global hub for medical tourism and medical education, encourage innovation in the healthcare sector and improve preventive healthcare measures.
The law specified DHA’s responsibilities to include preparing a comprehensive strategic plan for Dubai’s healthcare sector, conducting studies and surveys to define Dubai’s future needs and matching the results with future investments.
The law also authorises DHA to regulate and approve the prices of medical services offered by private healthcare facilities in Dubai and ensure the quality of medical services.