Dubai’s healthcare sector is successful and growing. The sector is complex and cannot be simply described. Consider the following when analyzing Dubai’s healthcare sector. There are many influencing factors and considerations. These clinics understand the sector, the industry, and is able to meet the ever changing needs of the local and international population. The staff are well trained and receive ongoing education and training, the facilities are modern and constantly being updated and the offerings are progressive. The following can help those seeking more information better understand this healthcare sector:
- 1) Population growth rates. The population of Dubai has climbed over 2.2 million and is expected to reach 3.5 million by 2020.Dubai’s population is largely expats that fall into generation X and Y. This means it is a population that is aging and will have larger health issues and needs.
- 2) Compulsory health insurance. The introduction of compulsory health insurance was introduced which increased revenues of most private hospitals.
- 3) International citizens. Expatriates, tourists and international members of society often account for much of the healthcare provided.
- 4) Reliance on imported medicine/medical equipment. This means higher all around health care costs but also leading edge technology and healthcare advances. Technology allows for leading healthcare and for an influx in people coming from all over the world seeking healthcare in Dubai.
- 5) Medical tourism. The medical industry including educational, research and testing institutions draw a large international crowd.
- 6) Healthcare facilities. The increasing population has required facility development, expansion and a larger number of medical facilities. This means increased initiatives and a larger need for professionals which in turn means turning to other countries to supply doctors and nurses and other medical professionals.
- 7) Tourism. Increased tourism means increased international medical needs which requires an understanding of different culture, different insurances, and different overall medical needs.