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Sun 1 Oct 2006 12:00 AM

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UAE healthcare ‘overpriced’

A UAE-based survey has revealed that 87% of residents are unsatisfied with the standard of healthcare in the region.

Chief complains included overpriced medication, unnecessary tests and a lack of consistency in care.

Cost concerns topped the list, with many suggesting the high cost of drugs was a deterrent for those on low incomes.

Unnecessary testing was also cited as a worry, with private hospitals being singled out for criticism.

“Treatment is financially motivated because they know people are covered by insurance,” said IT consultant Hasan Rawanduzy.

“They want to sell their services, even if the patient doesn’t require it.”

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