The number of private medical health facilities in Dubai have witnessed a 4% increase in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the first quarter, making the total number of private health facilities 3018.
This increase includes private hospitals, specialty health centres, pharmacies, diagnostic centres and dental centres.
His Excellency Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director General of the DHA said the big capabilities, infrastructure, modern facilities and procedures of the city, make Dubai an attractive destination for the private sector to invest in, especially in the medical field, which has been witnessing an annual growth in Dubai.
He added that the authority is developing all its systems to create a suitable environment for local and international investors in the medical field. The authority is also working on developing standards and regulations to provide international medical services, which are supported by the latest state-of-the-art technology.
During a meeting held with Al Qatami, the Health Regulation Department at DHA in the presence of its Director Dr Marwan Al Mulla, displayed the action plan and initiatives that the authority is planning on implementing.
This action plan aims to develop the private medical facilities through regulation, individual and facility licensing, conducting inspections as well as reaffirming the relationship between private and public sectors.
During the meeting, Al Qatami stressed the importance of auditing papers, scientific certificates and documents when providing licenses to individuals and facilities adding that it is important to make sure that the buildings of health centers, clinics and hospitals are disability friendly, before providing the license (in collaboration with the concerned parties in Dubai).
He added that it is important to reassess medical fines to make them compatibility with the services provided and Dubai’s existing laws and regulations to prevent any illegality that can cause mistrust among customer in health services provided in Dubai.
Al Qatami directed the regulations department to develop their systems and inspection methods to benefit the public and ensure that the authority achieves customer satisfaction with the medical services provided in the city.
He also called on the department to raise awareness among the public about the level of medical services expected at private medical facilities and inform them about the smart systems available to voice their complaints on.
He also called on them to make sure that private medical services’ advertisements are at par with what is being offered in reality and are at par with the UAE’s culture.