14:35Dubai has Eye on Medical Tourism
DUBAI // Dubai hopes to attract some of the US$2 billion (Dh7.35bn)
that patients from the Gulf spend each year on medical treatment
overseas, but it will first have to develop its healthcare system.
Patients in the GCC surveyed by the McKinsey group in 2007 complained of inadequate specialist treatments, limited consultation hours and long waiting periods for health services in their countries.
To attract some of the money that such patients spend elsewhere, Dubai must first bring its hospitals up to international standards through training its professionals, developing an accreditation system and increasing patient trust and transparency, Ms al Jassmi said.
Dr Mounes Kawaali, the chairman of Clemenceau Medical International
in Lebanon, said that because of proximity, "regional healthcare
institutions are a major supplier to healthcare in the Middle East”.
According to Dr Jagyasi, the UAE currently attracts medical tourists
seeking plastic surgery and advanced procedures, cardiac and spinal
surgery, and dental treatment.
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