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DHCC receives record 1.2 million patient visits in 2014

Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), the world’s largest healthcare free zone, today updates the market on its operating performance for the full year ending December 31, 2014.

2014 Highlights
Total patient visits reached 1.2 million by year end, up from a million visits recorded in 2013
15% of DHCC patients are medical tourists
DHCC-commissioned survey shows 48 per cent medical tourists are from the GCC
748 new healthcare professionals licensed, bringing total number of healthcare professionals to 4,534
Nine new healthcare facilities operational in DHCC
17 new commercial offices established in DHCC
Occupancy of DHCC main buildings stands at 94%
Establishment of the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBR-UMHS) and Mohammad Bin Rashid University Hospital
53 active enrollments at the College of Dental Medicine
Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center (MBR- AMC) was host to 300+ events with 20,000+ participants
2,120 healthcare professionals trained at Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center (KHMSC)
· Introduced online examinations for physicians and dentists from more than 30 countries
· Introduced independent Appeals Board for healthcare professionals and healthcare operators
· Total of 51 complaints, down from 60 received in 2013
Public health screenings conducted for 1,000+ residents

Her Excellency Dr Raja Easa Al Gurg, Vice-Chairperson, Dubai Healthcare City Authority, said: “The world’s largest healthcare free zone has proven to be a springboard from which healthcare delivery, medical education and research, and medical tourism have leaped ahead. This growth is evident through Dubai Healthcare City’s expanding patient base, growing medical education avenues, and concerted efforts to strengthen regulatory for local and overseas patients. Growth is also evident in DHCC’s track record of projects built to address the gaps specific to the UAE and wider GCC region. The most recent project is the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, which will groom the future generation of healthcare professionals.

“Healthcare in the region is pegged to witness exponential growth in the coming years fueled by population growth, rise in chronic diseases, high disposable income, sophisticated spending patterns and political stability. We are confident that DHCC is well positioned to lead sector growth in tandem with the anticipated demand.”

Marwan Abedin, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Healthcare City, said: “We marked 12 years of growth in 2014 . The year will historically be one of the most dynamic going by the sheer momentum of progress with pinnacle announcements being the setting up of the Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Mohammad Bin Rashid University Hospital. We introduced advanced standards of governance for licensing and complaints, and signed agreements with strategic partners to advance healthcare and medical education. We are optimistic about 2015 bearing witness to new milestones as projects in Phase 2 unfold.”

Dr Wajdi Al Daghma, Chief Operating Officer, Dubai Healthcare City, said: “We have made significant progress towards delivering on our mission of enabling high quality integrated healthcare. We constantly monitor demand and plan our capacity in line with the growing population, disease prevalence, as well as existing specialties. Our clinical facilities – hospitals, outpatient medical centers and diagnostic laboratories – stand at 130+ with 180+ non-clinical, giving the operational Phase 1 of Dubai Healthcare City the advantage of a robust medical city networked by medical education offerings.”