DoH establishes standard for medical tourism in the emirate of Abu Dhabi
13 Nov, 2019: The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the emirate, has recently established a new standard to stipulate the minimum requirements that healthcare facilities must meet in order to provide services to tourists visiting the emirate for medical treatment.
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 a well-established hospitality industry".'
Dr. Al Mannai added: "At the Department of Health, we believe in the power of joint cooperation between the public and private healthcare sectors, working side by side with a number of government and private healthcare facilities to significantly improve outputs, presenting the emirate of Abu Dhabi in the best possible light for tourists visiting for treatment."
Under the new standard, 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, whereby each provider is required to obtain a international accreditation in the field of medical tourism in accordance with DoH's list of approved accreditations. The conditions also stipulate the need for policies and procedures to enable the facility to receive comments and complains 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.
To learn more about medical tourism in Abu Dhabi as well as available packages, visit the Abu Dhabi Medical Tourism Portal: https://www.health.abudhabi.ae/en/