World Healthcare News March 2 2017 - UAE and New Zealand

World Healthcare News March 2 2017 - UAE and New Zealand

2nd Mar 2017

Organ Transplant Laws Welcomed in The UAE


Across the United Arab Emirates medics, patients and residents have welcomed the introduction of new organ transplant laws which came into place at the end of this month, potentially saving countless lives each year.


The law, which was passed in September of last year, allows organ transplants from both living and deceased patients - whilst sticking to traditional Islamic rulings known as fatwas.


By the end of the month patients in need of heart, liver, lung, pancreas, intestine, kidney and thymus transplants will be able to receive them. Whilst further surgery to provide a patient with new tissues such as bones, tendons, corneas, skin, heart valves, nerves and veins will also be permitted.


The outgoing rules only permitted transplants between living fourth degree relatives, making it often extremely difficult for those in need to receive the life saving organs. Now however it is open to anyone assuming the meet basic criteria.


According to a national survey carried out prior to the law being passed, 68% of those in the Emirates would be prepared to become a donor - showing that the law changes have came into place at the right time.


Three More Companies to Provide Insurance in Dubai


Late last month the Dubai Health Authority announced that a further three companies will be able to provide Dubai’s ‘Essential Basics Healthcare Package’, as the deadline for mandatory health insurance in the Emirate looms large.


Noor Takaful, Abu Dhabi National Insurance and Union National Insurance have all joined the market, taking the total number of companies providing the package to 12.


At under 650Dh (£144) a year the package is meant for low paid workers earning under 4000Dh each year, with more expensive schemes available for other residents offering up to the very highest standard of care, and most complex procedures.


The final deadline for insurance is March 31st, with the sponsors of those who have failed to purchase a package by that date facing fines of around 500Dh per month. Current statistics show that just over 98% of the population are covered.


New Arrhythmia Monitor Debuted in New Zealand


South Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital has become the first in New Zealand to trial Samsung’s new ‘S-Patch’ - a tiny device used to assess arrhythmia.


The new device attaches to the chest via two electrode stickers, with data then sent to the S-Patch’s built in bio-processor which is able to measure a patient's ECG skin temperature, GSR, and body fat. This data is then sent to the patient’s phone, tablet or computer.


With a 200 long waiting list to use Middlemore’s Holter monitors, which are currently used to keep an eye on arrhythmia, the new S-Patch opens up the potential to allow far more people to have access to a key piece of healthcare technology.


Arrhythmia is a heart condition, where beats are irregular, meaning that they are often either too common or missed. Linked with alcohol and a bad diet it can lead to more serious issues such as heart failure and heart attacks if it’s not carefully managed.


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