The UAE, for some time, has been actively investing in building up and improving its national health-care system and services. the Emirate’s strategy supports society’s current and future healthcare needs with affordable health insurance (see Dubai’s Mandatory Health Insurance Law regarding the regulations requiring all to be enrolled in a basic medical plan for access to care) that covers many tests and procedures essentials for patients.
Dubai’s status as an emerging market in health care and medical practice is evident today. In fact, Dubai won the ‘Destination of the Year’ award at the 10th World Health Tourism Congress.
Public health highlights include:
- Dubai Plan 2021 that aims towards a healthier and happier community also describes the future of Educated, Cultured and Healthy Individuals; it includes proactive measures and world-class healthcare services that are accessible for each citizen that comes to Live, Work and Visit.
- Dubai Health Strategy 2016 – 2021 objective is Protecting and Improving Population Health. This is only possible by fostering innovation across the continuum of care to ensure healthy and safe environment for Dubai people. It fosters a growing desire for quality health services and calls for more health-care providers.
- Cancer Fight in the UAE is one of the main targets. There are measures and breakthrough therapies (Anti-EGFR and Anti ALK for treatments) to bring down fatalities by nearly 18 per cent by 2021, according to the Abu Dhabi Health Authority. In fact, “The UAE National Health Agenda 2021 has included cancer, one of the leading causes of death, as one of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess the nation’s health-care goals being on track,” reported Samihah Zaman of Gulf News Health.
His Highness Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of the Dubai Health Authority, said such initiatives are transforming Dubai into a leading healthcare destination; it will also make the emirate an international medical hub, affirms His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami Chairman of the board of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).
Putting healthcare in the spotlight means also highlighting the importance of prevention. Health checks for men and women, as well as children, are essential to pick up early warning signs of disease or illness. For example, high blood pressure could be an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease or illnesses including diabetes, asthma, arthritis or cancer.
Public Health Interventions and Clinical Screening Campaigns:
- In May, Sharjah Health Authority and University Hospital Sharjah together provided free medical tests, as part of a proactive approach to improve the overall health and well-being of the community. More than 3,000 people have taken advantage of the medical camp care, reported Gulf News Health. The campaign has so far helped those that suffer from illnesses and diseases receive appropriate follow-up care, after the initial consultation, and ensured the administration of drugs to ill patients. In addition, people received clinical treatment of diabetes and related conditions, or other chronic disorders.
- End of May to June 8, there will be additional free medical check-ups, this Ramadan, organized by the Ministry of Health which will run three weeks, only, in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain, as mentioned Gulf News Society.
Regular screening examinations by a health care professional can result in the early detection of any medical problem, so there is no excuse for not having a thorough yearly physical exam; most people should have an annual ‘Total Health Checkup’ or undergo screenings (to include checking vitals, heart rate, blood pressure and/or draw blood for several laboratory tests), even when they feel healthy, as it’s crucial to assessing the risk of future problems. Besides, it’s also an opportunity to discuss new developments and changes in your health history or forthcoming prevention measures with a doctor.