Renal Failure Rates in Saudi Arabia
Arab news have reported that there are more than 16,000 patients in Saudi Arabia suffering from Renal failure, with two thirds of these patients undergoing dialysis and over 6000 believed to be waiting for a kidney transplant.
Transplant laws in Saudi Arabia remain strict, although attitudes do appear to be changing across the Gulf region. Recently the UAE introduced new donor laws that increase the chances of an individual finding a suitable organ, with similar laws appearing to gain support in the staunchly religious ‘Desert Kingdom’.
Saudi’s Renal failure crisis has lead to calls from healthcare insiders to limit the amount of salt added to food, whilst promoting exercise and education around these issues in the Kingdom.
Aster DM Expands in Qatar
UAE based healthcare group Aster DM is expanding in Qatar, with work nearing completion on a new 50 bed hospital in Doha. The opening comes just a month after the company opened another new facility - a 120 bed medcare hospital in Sharjah.
Currently Aster owns six hospitals and seven pharmacies throughout Qatar, employing over 2000 doctors full-time throughout the Middle East.
Speaking about the opening of the new hospital Azad Moopen, Aster DM Healthcare’s MD and chairman said: "The law has been designed to make sure that the entire system is sustainable and everyone has access to quality care at all times and we are aligned with UAE’s vision".
Aster hit the news in September last year having purchased a 60% stake in Abu Dhabi’s Harley Street Medical Clinic in an attempt to take advantage of the relatively undeveloped day surgery market within the Emirate.
Whereas in Dubai the market is strong and competitive, it remains a small (but slowly growing) area in Abu Dhabi. Aster hope that by purchasing a controlling stake in an already established centre in the state they can help to expand their patient base throughout the Emirates.
Their plans for the current site, which employs 20 doctors at the moment, is to expand the clinic from 18,000sq feet to 35,000sq feet, increase the range of services offered and (as result) increase the number of full time doctors employed in the facility to nearer 40.
After the expansion is complete the company have also revealed that they will apply for a hospital license for the centre.
UAE - Further Healthcare Growth Predicted
A recently released study carried out by the Middle East & North Africa Research Partners has estimated that the UAE’s healthcare sector will grow in value by over 60% in the next five years.
According to the report the sector, which is currently worth around $17bn, will rise to be worth over $28bn by 2021, with this set to be driven mainly by an increasing demand for preventative care, as a result of the high levels of predictable illness in the country.
Other contributory factors include health tourism, a rise in the range of services available, the growth of integrated healthcare solutions and mandatory insurance schemes that have been rolled out in various Emirates throughout the country.
All of these factors should combine to ensure that the United Arab Emirates reaches the healthcare aims outlined in its ‘Vision 2021’ scheme.