As the premise behind the UAE Vision 2021 is to create a successful knowledge-based economy, and there is no success without good health, part of the Vision aims to create a world-class healthcare system. Ongoing reforms currently being undertaken in the healthcare system are also in line with various emirate-level plans to develop improve healthcare.
A country’s progress and development are defined by the sound mind, body, physical and mental safety and well-being of its citizens and residents. As they say, health be it for an individual or a country is its true wealth. Healthy human beings are the cornerstone of any nation’s development. They are the wheels that drive UAE’s progress and growth.
HE Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health & Prevention
established in the UAE as of 2018
UAE residents are required by law to be covered by health insurance, meaning all residents are customers of the healthcare sector
In-kind aid donated by the UAE to the World Health Organization as of July 2021
UAE budget allocation for healthcare in 2021
The UAE is determined to solve healthcare issues through investment in human capital, as well as technological development. As such, there is deep interest in the possibilities for training and technology transfers to the UAE.
Supporting its technological ambitions, the UAE healthcare sector has witnessed a continuous inflow of medical tourists, with visitors seeking treatments ranging from major surgery to rehabilitation and cosmetic corrections. In 2020-2021, the Medical Tourism Index indicated that Dubai and Abu Dhabi were respectively ranked as the sixth and ninth best global destinations for medical tourism. Privatization of hospitals and mandatory medical insurance, especially in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, will continue to encourage spending and contribute to a more integrated health system.
The UAE already has an impressive track record with healthcare investment, having attracted the world-class Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, and education programs by NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and John’s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The rapid development of the [UAE’s] healthcare sector over the last decade, driven by government and private funding, has certainly put regional healthcare provision on the global map. Now, with the sector gradually maturing, it is key for existing healthcare players and new entrants to align their business model to today’s regulatory changes and shifting market conditions.
Richard Stolz, Associate Director, KPMG in the UAE