KT edit: Dubai boosts credentials as a healthcare hub
Dubai's decision to reopen its doors for medical tourists will bring relief to many people looking for easy and affordable access to treatment
Health tourism is an opportunity that cities often tapped when the sector is at an advanced stage of evolution and can treat foreign visitors at an affordable cost. The UAE health system has proven to be effective, not just for treatment, but for research and containment of diseases. Both government and private hospitals have state-of-the-art facilities. The doctors, paramedics, and care workers are second to none. The pandemic proved that the system works seamlessly. With its dual success in aviation and healthcare, the UAE is the well placed to attract medical tourists. Medical infrastructure has been ramped up over the years with healthcare cities across the country where people from the region and beyond have enjoyed access to advanced medical services and treatments. Dubai's decision to reopen its doors for medical tourists will bring relief to many people looking for easy and affordable access to treatment. The city is safe to visit now, thanks to its success against the coronavirus, though masks and social distancing are still the norm.
The immediacy of attention needed for Covid-19 had put a host of other medical treatments and procedures on the backburner for the last few months. Take the GCC for instance. Oman has registered over 23,200 active Covid-19 cases. Saudi Arabia has over 45,000 active cases, Kuwait has more than 9,200. Hospitals have been busy catering to patients suffering from Covid-19 and there has been reluctance and anxiety among people to follow up on non-urgent medical procedures. Dubai has some of the best experts and services for orthopaedics, sports medicine, dermatology, skin care, dentistry, and fertility. Second opinion matters in many cases, so does the quality of procedures. With Dubai making its mark as an aviation and tourism hub, drawing medical tourists has been a natural progression. Primary, secondary and tertiary care in the city compares with the best globally. The Medical Tourism Index for 2020-21 places Dubai at the sixth spot and Abu Dhabi at ninth spot. Reopening of the medical tourism sector reflects the confidence the emirate has in its ability to cure people from all over the world. Normalcy will be different during the pandemic but those flying in for treatment here can be rest assured that they will be treated well. Here's to a speedy recovery.