UAE healthcare spending in global top 20
Dubai, June 4, 2012
UAE’s health sector has consolidated its position as one of the world’s top 20 in terms of spending per capita, with an average of $1,200 per person per year, said an expert.
This will set off a chain reaction that yields ripple benefits for the local health fraternity, according to Dr Mohaymen Abdelghany, CEO of Saudi German Hospital-Dubai, a premier healthcare institution.
Among the benefits is the fact that increased spending by patients gives hospitals the financial clout to attract the world’s sharpest medical talents.
This is exemplified by Saudi German Hospital-Dubai, which has lured professionals from Germany and other European pacesetters.
Another facet of increased spending is that institutions can now afford to equip their departments and wards with state of the art apparatus, said Dr Abdelghany.
This spans from diagnostic equipment to laboratory test facilities, operating theater machinery, life support systems and more.
The net result is that rather than opt to make expeditions for treatments in the US and Europe, UAE patients now prefer to get treated locally. More patients now acknowledge that local institutions are equally adept - and, in the case of the afore-mentioned Saudi German Hospital-Dubai, sometimes even superior - to their American and European counterparts, he added.
“This is a massive vote of confidence by patients, because they are voting with their pockets to show their confidence in local healthcare finesse and standards,” said Dr Abdelghany.
“At Saudi German Hospital-Dubai we have imported the very best assets - both in human and machinery terms. This gives our patients the best of both worlds. Now patients no longer have to wander across the world: we have brought the world to you,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service