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ID cards for medical treatment in Abu Dhabi

Olivia Olarte
Filed on October 24, 2011
ID cards for medical treatment in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi residents will in future only have to present their Emirates ID card when seeking medical treatment following a plan to integrate the health insurance card with the national ID.

ABU DHABI - Abu Dhabi residents will in future only have to present their Emirates ID card when seeking medical treatment following a plan to integrate the health insurance card with the national ID.

“We will replace the insurance cards with the Emirates ID cards,” said Zaid Al Siksek, CEO of the Health Authority — Abu Dhabi (HAAD).

The HAAD has signed the agreement early this year with the Emirates Identity Authority and is currently working on the system.

With the smart card technology, the individual’s medical history and health information will be incorporated in their Emirates ID card.

Al Siksek was speaking on Sunday on the first day of the fifth Abu Dhabi Medical Congress, which he inaugurated at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

According to the HAAD, there has been a significant growth in the number of physicians and facilities across the emirate due to increased demand for health services, driven primarily by increased outpatient encounters.

Private healthcare facilities posted a 14 per cent growth this year, said Al Siksek, adding that expected capacity increases in government hospitals within three years are 600 beds.

High demand projections indicate that in 2020, demand for inpatient services may require up to 2,600 additional beds beyond the current 3,600 beds.

Adeeb Salem Al Zaabi, manager of Facilities Licensing Department at the HAAD, said there are currently around 800 healthcare and 580 pharmaceutical facilities across the Abu Dhabi emirate.

“Pharmaceutical facilities are increasing by 20 per cent every year while healthcare facilities rise by 25 per cent,” he told Khaleej Times.

He expected the upward trend to continue due to the expansion of the cities, increasing population, economic health and increasing number of companies.

Al Zaabi said the HAAD has issued this year 70 new licences for healthcare facilities and 32 pharmacies while 25 healthcare facilities and 33 pharmacies are still under process.

olivia@khaleejtimes.com





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