Health authority to roll out new rules by 2012

DUBAI - Under the new regulations to be rolled out by the Dubai Health Authority by 2012, all healthcare facilities and health professionals will have to be licensed in order to operate and practise in the emirate of Dubai.

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Published: Fri 15 Aug 2008, 1:07 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:04 PM

However, the criteria required to obtain a licence is still under debate though the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has completed the first phase of the regulation consultation programme. Over 50 briefings have been held with health experts and organisations and the details will be announced in the coming months.

The consultations will also decide how any new health regulation agency will be implemented. Led by Dr Essa Kazim, Assistant Director General Medical Affairs, DHA, the health regulation team will start rolling out a new system within the next 12 months.

The system will aim at delivering a single, new integrated licensing and regulatory system for Dubai.

Currently, 10 entities are regulating healthcare in Dubai, including the Department of Health and Medical Services (DoHMS), Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police, the free zones (Dubiotech and Dubai Healthcare City), the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Health, as well as elements within the private sector.

Licences given to health service providers by a single regulator are essential before the health funding process is completely in place by 2012. Says Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, Director General of DHA said, "The single system will drive quality within the healthcare sector and provide a genuine choice for the people of Dubai."

The benefits of a single regulation process include improving quality of health service standards and performance, increased access to information on health service standards and costs and ensuring competition between health service providers.

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