Dubai Healthcare & Insurance Information
Dubai has a number of private medical facilities which are up to international standards. Medical treatment at these facilities can be very expensive. Public hospitals in Dubai are generally adequate for most medical treatments. As many medical facilities were constructed in the 1970s and 1980s, standards have dropped over the years. The Central Hospital and Khalifa Hospital, both public hospitals, are equipped with first rate medical staff and equipment, however both are reserved for Emirati nationals only. Most medical facilities in Dubai will require a guarantee of payment prior to treatment.
Dubai currently maintains a number of public hospitals including: Central Hospital, Khalifa Hospital, Rashid Hospital, Al Maktoum Hospital, Al Baraha Hospital, New Dubai Hospital, Al Wasl Hospital, and Al Amal hospital. Dubai's public hospitals have a capacity of over 1,700 hospital beds. There are also 17 private hospitals operating in Dubai.
In an effort to enhance Dubai's image as a premier destination for medical tourists and medical professionals, the Emirate is investing billions into its healthcare system. Along with the construction of new hospitals, Dubai is also investing in the renovation of older facilities. By the end of 2008, approximately 780 new hospital beds were made available. Government officials estimate that Dubai will have 37 hospital beds for every 10,000 people by 2015.
Dubai have constructed a 500-acre ‘city-within-a-city' dedicated solely to the provision of medical services. The Dubai Healthcare City is a USD $1.8 billion medical facility project fully operational since 2010. There are 17 new hospitals planned for the Dubai Healthcare City. World renowned medical institutions in the United States such as Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Mayo Clinic, and Cleveland Clinic, have been hired by the Dubai government as outside contractors to assist with the development and operation of the Dubai Healthcare City.
The Mayo Clinic, which has treated Middle East leaders and royalty in the past, has operated an office in the Dubai Healthcare City since 2005. Harvard Medical School is consulting on the planned teaching hospital which will train 80 medical residents every year. At the completion of the project, the Dubai Healthcare City will be greater in size than Harvard Medical School's facilities in the U.S. city of Boston.
While Dubai boasts some of the best medical facilities in the Middle East, certain health concerns remain for visitors to the Emirate. It is recommended to have all necessary vaccinations updated before you visit the UAE. While most visits to Dubai and the UAE are incident free, water and food-borne parasites and other disease are known to occur. Even though most occurrences are not widespread, serious outbreaks have been to know to occur.
The UAE Minister of Health recently announced the institution of a new health insurance system that will provide health insurance coverage to all expatriates living in Dubai and the Northern Emirates as of next year. Although this sounds like a great opportunity, the coverage afforded by the new system is very limited in its level of coverage and still requires the payment of a premium.
Most expatriates generally require comprehensive cover for treatment at western facilities with benefits covering inpatient as well as outpatient treatment. It is therefore advisable to obtain international medical insurance to guarantee the health and well-being of you and your family during your time in Dubai. Contact one of our advisors for more information.