Before you fly – Healthcare system in Dubai

Dubai’s healthcare system is excellent. There is a large number of both public and private hospitals and clinics that offer exemplary medical services and technology and with the highest care standards. The government has, over time, more in the recent years, heavily invested in the health sector. Medical forms have been made accessible to everyone without leaving out expatriate workers and other visitors. Dubai also boasts of a large ratio of skilled medical personnel, almost comparing to those in developed countries.

Dubai offers all kinds of advanced medical treatments including but not limited to organ transplants and open heart surgeries.  The UAE has been able to affiliate with many notable outside organizations such as the Royal College of Surgeons in the UK. These links have been able to facilitate the development of state-of-the-art local training facilities for nursing staff and UAE doctors.

The Government has been able to implement a major project that has enabled the creation of Dubai Healthcare City which is intended to become the center of excellence for medical services in the region. It is also to foster education and research which will lead the country to a front seat in the global healthcare systems. It is the first healthcare free zone in the world.

GP clinics and state hospitals provide free medical treatment. The hospitals that are run by the government are such as Dubai Hospital, Maktoum Hospital, Al Wasl Hospital and Rashid Hospital. Of them, Dubai Hospital is a general hospital and Al Wasl is a pediatrics and maternity hospital.

There are also a number of private hospitals in Dubai including the Welcare Hospital and the American Hospital.

The American Hospital boasts of being the first in the region to be accredited by the Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA). All the practitioners in the institution have recognized qualifications from Western countries such as the Canada. It excels in diabetes care and cardiac replacements but it also offers other secondary and primary treatments.

The Welcare Hospital’s staff is also internationally qualified with lots of experience in their areas of expertise. It offers excellent care standards in a wide range of medical fields.

There are many clinics in Dubai that offer complementary and alternative medicine forms.

The costs of treatment and in-patient in Dubai can be expensive especially if one has no health insurance. As an expatriate, this should ideally be provided by your employer as part of the contract.

Medicines can be obtained from pharmacies in Dubai and there are many of them that remain open for 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Before you spend a fortune flying to a western country for medical care, consider utilizing the excellent services that are already at your doorstep and that will ultimately cost you less. The other advantage of this will be the proximity which allows you to be attended to fast enough in case of an emergency by professionals who already know your medical history.