Healthcare spending across the Gulf Cooperation Countries is expected to reach $69bn by 2020, according to statistics published at the GCC’s healthcare summit in Dubai this week.
The event, which was attended by representatives from Dubai’s Ministry of Health, Abu Dhabi’s Health Authority and the Saudi German Hospital featured presentations, discussion groups and networking sessions allowing medics to meet with over 150 other experts from around the region - which covers Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, The UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.
At the seminar the publishing of the health and life care sciences report predicted that around 60-85% of healthcare in the future will be funded by governments throughout the region.
As well as this however, it warned that healthcare expenditure in the future will increase as the countries begin to deal with the effects of an ageing population, increase in chronic lifestyle related diseases and increase in medical tourism.
Whilst these factors may look like bad news, they will lead to an increased demand for healthcare workers in sought after locations like Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Jeddah. This will open up even more job opportunities for Western trained medics looking for a move to the region.
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New Hospital Opens in Al Ain
Abu Dhabi based healthcare group VPS officially opened their latest facility in the Al Ain area of the Emirate this week.
The new 100 bed multi-specialty ‘Medeor 24x7 International Hospital Al Ain’ will follow in the footsteps of the other Medeor 24x7 facilities in offering high quality healthcare, combined with hotel levels of hospitality. It’s a luxury that, VPS argue, is an all new concept which will help them to gain the upper hand in the UAE’s highly competitive healthcare market.
Al Ain’s version of the hospital is the second ‘Medeor 24x7’ facility in Abu Dhabi, with a highly successful 100 bed, 17 floor facility already operating in the heart of the city centre.
The new hospital offers a wide range of specialties including gastroenterology, neurology, urology, ophthalmology, dermatology, dentistry, general surgery, anesthesia, family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, pediatrics, gynecology and orthopedics.
As well as this the new hospital has a pharmacy, physiotherapy department and education suites to help increase awareness and knowledge of health issues in the country.
Speaking at the official opening, Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, Managing Director of VPS said: “We are pleased to launch our latest hospital in the UAE. This medical facility is our first hospital in the Eastern region of the UAE, and will provide world-class healthcare services in a holistic environment as we believe that quality of care and quality of life must go hand in hand”.
The United Arab Emirates is one of the most popular locations for medics looking at taking their careers overseas. The country’s healthcare system is well run, generously funded and boasts some of the world’s most modern facilities. On top of this, year round sunshine, stunning sights and tax free salaries make it an extremely attractive proposition for many medical professionals and their families - especially those looking to escape from the underfunded and overstretched NHS.
If a move to the UAE is something which would appeal to you, then it could be closer than you might think. Simply register on our website for job alerts, and start your journey to the country today.