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Dubai spends AED10bn on healthcare services

Emirate seeks to attract 170,000 foreign patients by 2016 compared with 107,000 now

The emirate of Dubai’s spending on healthcare services amounts to AED10 billion and expands by ten to 15 per cent each year, according to a senior health official.

The largest proportion of the emirate’s spending on healthcare is reported at hospitals, said Humaid Al Qatami, chairman of the Dubai Health Authority.

In remarks published by Al Bayan newspaper, Al Qatami explained that investment in the healthcare sector in the emirate lies in the following subsectors and specialities: chronic diseases management, excellence centres specialising in diabetes, respiratory care and dialysis, cardiovascular clinics, oncology, orthopaedics, sports medicine and neurology.

The official also underlined mental health and behavioural medicine as a potential area to invest in the emirate’s healthcare services field.

Dubai seeks to attract 170,000 foreign patients by 2016 compared with 107,000 now in a bid to push revenues to AED1.1bn.

The emirate seeks a bigger number of 500,000 foreign patients by 2020 to yield a financial return of AED2.6bn.

The official emphasised that the development boom Dubai is currently experiencing remains the main factor in having a successful and distinguished healthcare sector.

He stressed that the emirate seeks to attract major world companies in the pharmaceutical field to invest in this key domain.