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14 November 2019Lab Chat
According to information published by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, medical tourism in the UAE increased by 5.5% between 2017 and 2018. Last year, total revenue from the industry reached a new record high of Dh12.1 billion, while Emirati health expenditure also increased 5.4% to Dh50.3 billion, marking a bumper year for the industry.
The success of the medical tourism sector is believed to be due to a number of reasons, including government initiatives geared towards boosting interest in Emirati healthcare from overseas patients and increased privatisation of the industry. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the factor’s contributing towards the UAE’s medical tourism success:
That combination of factors has seen a 3.5% increase in hospital visits between 2013 and 2018, with 49.1 million patients visiting Emirati hospitals last year. Over three-quarters of a million (789,198) public inpatient admissions were recorded in 2018, while 119,897 surgical procedures were undertaken by Emirati doctors last year as well.
The runaway success of the UAE medical tourism sector is only project to continue in the coming years. Following on from the record sales of Dh12.1 billion in 2018, experts expect that trend to carry on and reach a high of Dh19.5 billion by 2023, while the Dubai government have targeted a goal of attracting over half a million medical tourists annually by 2020.Download PDF