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Quality of Hospitals in Dubai

Sunil here to discuss the quality of hospitals in Dubai

I am very conscious of my health, how much I exercise and what I eat, and this discussion was about due especially after receiving several email queries about the quality of healthcare in Dubai.

Whether you are a tourist or a new resident living in Dubai, it is important to be aware of the existing healthcare systems in the city.

Keeping yourself healthy is essential in your overall well-being and is needed for you to accomplish your daily tasks efficiently ? and that goes without saying for everyone.

It is a good thing that Dubai is an advocate to good healthcare and the government invested billions to ensure that people are given a quality and world-class healthcare service.

Hospitals in Dubai are proofs of this advocacy and investment.

There are a lot of hospitals in Dubai, and the government is making a lot of effort in further improving the quality of healthcare that these hospitals provide.

They recruit top doctors from all over the world to work in Dubai hospitals tax free (a big incentive).

Most of the time, the government also shoulders their expenses such as accommodation, vehicle, tuition for their children, travel airfare, and living expenses. The government consistently allots a lot of money for the construction of hospital buildings and medical equipment. For these reasons, Dubai can afford to offer top notch healthcare services.

A global survey was once conducted by a well-known consumer and travel magazine, and Dubai was ranked top of the list with no illnesses reported as a result of travel. This further proves the Government’s efforts to provide a clean and disease-free environment and a good healthcare system.

One of the biggest proofs of Dubai’s commitment to better healthcare is the construction of the Dubai Healthcare City. Conceived by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vision of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCCC) is to become the internationally recognized location of choice for quality healthcare and an integrated centre of excellence for clinical and wellness services, medical education and research.

There are many pharmacies all over Dubai. Some are even open 24 hours a day. You can take note and dial this number when you are in Dubai: 04-223-2323. If you need the latest information about pharmacies and its location and business hours, just dial this number.

Public and private hospitals are all over Dubai and both are competent and offer quality service. If you have an emergency case, it is advisable to go to a public hospital since most accept such cases. If it is not an emergency, you can go to a private hospital.

As of 2007, the local insurance infrastructure of Dubai was not yet as established as it is in other countries. That’s why it is recommended that you get a travel insurance before you tour Dubai, which covers emergency costs even you are outside your home country. Private hospitals in Dubai are very expensive.

2010 Update: Insurance systems are emerging, so check frequently prior to your travel to become aware of most recent developments.

One of the best hospitals in Dubai is the American Hospital Dubai. It was planned, designed, built and equipped to meet American Standards of healthcare. All physicians are North American Board Certified or of equivalent Western training programs, such as those in United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The hospital is the first in the Middle East to get accredited by the Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA) which reassures its continued commitment to the highest quality American Standard of Healthcare in the region.

The hospital’s Medical Laboratory is also accredited and re accredited, last one in 2009 by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), making it the first private laboratory in the Middle East to be accredited by (CAP).

The hospital continues to expand its services in primary and secondary care, plus selective tertiary services, to include Centers of Excellence in - Joint Replacement, Heart, Cancer, and Diabetes.

Another highly acclaimed hospital is the Welcare Hospital. Established in May 1998, this multi-specialty healthcare facility is owned by the Varkey Group and managed by EHL Management Services with 120 beds, four operating rooms, and 14 specialized departments, including Cardiology, Oncology, Maternity, Urology, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology and Pulmonology.

Centrally located in the Al Garhoud area, the hospital is managed by a team of highly qualified and experienced healthcare professionals and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Its medical, nursing and paramedical staff attends ongoing educational and training programs offered by internationally renowned institutions to stay abreast with the latest patient care developments.

You can be confident that hospitals in Dubai will cater to your every need when it comes to health. However, keeping your self healthy and safe while visiting Dubai is still better than being confined in a hospital. Prevention is always better, and cheaper, than cure. Just ask me ;)

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