Medical travel to the United Arab Emirates
The UAE is fast becoming one of the top medical travel destinations in the world. A shift in government policy in recent years pledged a significant increase in funding to facilitate medical travellers by 2021, is a strong indication of the dedication the UAE has in become a leading player in global healthcare provision.
Although, historically, not the first place a lot of people would think of when considering medical travel, the UAE has invested a lot of time and effort in developing its infrastructure to attract more visitors to its shores.
The challenge for a lot of patients considering treatment abroad is finding reliable good quality healthcare that is affordable. The UAE is positioning itself to offer all this and more.
About the United Arab Emirates
The UAE is federation of 7 emirates made up of Abu Dhabi (the capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. Each emirate is ruled by and absolute monarch, of which one is elected president, usually the emir of Abu Dhabi.
Although the UAE has some of the biggest oil and natural gas reserves in the world its economy is far more diversified than many other gulf states. This is mainly due to a conscious political effort to steer revenue generated from energy into healthcare, education and infrastructure. Dubai, which is the biggest city in the UAE, has truly benefit from this and is a world city and hub for business and tourism.
The focus on tourism, healthcare and business has meant the UAE is less reliant on oil and gas than in previous year which is an economic trend that is likely to continue for years to come.
United Arab Emirates healthcare system
Currently the UAE has 40 public hospitals but is looking to expand.
Traditionally, wealthy UAE citizens and expatriates would travel abroad to receive more serious healthcare treatments. To retain this population and attract more patients from abroad the health ministry is undertaking a multi-million-dollar project to expand healthcare facilities, hospitals and medical centres in the seven emirates.
Dubai is continuing to develop a hospital free zone, the Dubai Healthcare City, which will provide international-standard advanced private healthcare and an academic medical training centre.
Each year an estimated 12 million people visit Dubai for healthcare services.
Popular treatments in the United Arab Emirates
Bariatric (weight Loss) Surgery –
The results of such a procedure can be positive. Not only will you notice a significant drop in weight, but you should see a general improvement in disorders associated with obesity like blood pressure and diabetes.
A broad field of medicine, cosmetic surgery can be carried out to change and improve a variety of conditions on a number of different parts of the body, including the face, body and breasts.
One of the most popular treatments carried out in the UAE, dentistry can be one of the most straightforward treatments to have abroad.
Couples that have been trying to get pregnant for a significant period of time but haven’t succeeded may consider having fertility treatment. The rate of success will vary depending on the cause of the problem and the treatments available.
Hair Loss Treatment:
Baldness is a very common problem of a lot of men. Implant treatments abroad are very popular due to the significant cost savings available to patients.
Laser Eye Surgery:
By altering the shape of the cornea to adjust the way light enters the eye, it’s possible to correct visual imperfections like short sight, long sight and astigmatism.
Eye care is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not matter the age. Cataracts, retina treatments and corneal diseases are some of the conditions that can be treated by your ophthalmologist.
Traveling to the United Arab Emirates for treatment
Around 1.5 million British nationals visit the UAE every year, mostly without any problems.
There are direct flights from the UK to multiple destinations within the UAE which typically take 7 hours. Indirect flight can be cheaper, but the journey time will be longer.
The cost of a flight to the Emirates will vary depending on the airline, where you fly to and the time of year you travel.
The UAE is a Muslim country. Be cautious of local customs and laws as they are very different from those in the UK. The penalties for breaking the law can be quite serious. If you need emergency assistance you may contact the nearest British embassy for support. If you’re a dual national, Emirati and British, the British embassy may only be able to offer limited support.
Be sure to take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Although this type of insurance won’t help with the cost of your medical travel or any complications that may occur, it can be extremely useful when, and if, you’re confronted with and unexpected situation while out there.
Find the right care provider
The best way to find the right care provider is to contact them directly and have them answer your questions. Get in touch with multiple care providers if you must to compare services offered and ensure the best decision for you is made.
Meeting consultants, in person or over a telephone conference before your procedure is also very important. Do not be afraid to ask some probing questions about the doctor, consultant and the hospital or clinic.
Here are some questions you may consider asking:
- What experience do you have in this area of medicine?
- What are your qualifications?
- When did you receive training?
- Where were you trained?
- How much experience do they have on the specific treatment or surgery you need?
- Can they provide any statistics on post operation complications?
- Can they provide testimonials and allow you to contact past patients?
- How much does the consultation cost?
- How much does the procedure cost?
- What payment options are available to you?
- What is their cancellation policy in case you are not able to go ahead with the procedure?
- What is the patient satisfaction score?
- Are the hospital return to theatre rates published?
- What are the accreditation standards the hospital or clinic meets?
- What after care support services are available?
- What cost implications are their if there are complications with the procedure?
How can we help you?
At Mhc, we encourage informed decision making when it comes to healthcare. Quite often it can be difficult to find the information you need or trust the reliability of sources providing the information. Although we don’t give any healthcare advice or recommendations, we strive to breaks downs barriers and strengthen communication with medical experts who can help.
Finding your care provide:
Search our database of healthcare providers in the UAE and contact them directly for information on the treatment you’re interested in. Alternatively tell us what you’re looking for through our contact form and we’ll find the appropriate care providers and get them to give information about treatments and their services.
Contacting and communicating with your care provider:
If you’re satisfied with the information you receive and want to continue the conversation, we can help arrange a call or an online consultation to discuss your needs and the available treatment options in more detail.
Booking your treatment:
Once you’re happy to proceed with the treatment, we can work with you and the care provider to confirm an appointment for you to go in for treatment.
Coordination and logistics of having treatment:
Working with the care provider, or using our own logistical resources, we can help to plan and schedule your trip.
Tell us what you’re looking for: