Abu Dhabi sets new standards to improve medical tourism

 Abu Dhabi sets new standards to improve medical tourism
The requirements include the acquisition of international accreditation
Published: 24 November 2019 - 6:15 a.m.
By: Priyanka Praveen
UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi has established new standards to help boost medical tourism in the city.

The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, DoH, the regulator of the healthcare sector in the emirate, has set minimum requirements that healthcare facilities must meet in order to provide services to tourists visiting the emirate for medical treatment.

Healthcare providers are required to meet a minimum set of requirements to be able to join the medical tourism network established by DoH.

The requirements include the acquisition of international accreditation, where each provider is required to obtain international accreditation in the field of medical tourism in accordance with DoH’s list of approved accreditations, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

The conditions also stipulate the need for policies and procedures to enable the facility to receive comments and complaints from medical tourists, both before, during and after they have received treatment. Additionally, the Department obliges healthcare facilities under the standard to periodically report on tourists receiving treatment in Abu Dhabi.

The new standard was put in place to guarantee that all healthcare services provided in the emirate adhere to the highest quality, ensuring that patients visiting from abroad for treatment are well-catered for. The standard further reinforces the emirate's position on the global map as a medical tourism destination of choice offering the best treatment packages.

Dr Asmaa Al Mannai, director of healthcare quality department at DoH, said, "Today, Abu Dhabi has made a monumental step in its journey towards strengthening its position as a leading medical tourism destination. By prioritising healthcare quality, DoH has been able to elevate the sector whilst also delivering medical treatment on par with Abu Dhabi’s status as a burgeoning tourism destination complete with world-class attractions, a central geographical location, advanced infrastructure and well-established hospitality industry."

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