About the UAE
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation founded in 1971. It is located on the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the Sultanate of Oman and Saudi Arabia.
The country is formed of 7 emirates which range from extravagant skyscrapers and futuristic cities to traditional towns, beaches, and expanses of desert.
Almost 88% of the population is made up of foreign nationals.
How the Medical system works in the UAE
The UAE has an excellent public and private healthcare system that meets international standards. The quality of care is very good and the staff highly qualified. The medical infrastructure is extensive, ultra-modern, and equipped with the latest technology.
However, this quality comes at a price: a consultation with a general practitioner, for example, costs between €50 and €100. To see a specialist, you should expect to pay between €100 and €240 on average. Costs vary, however, depending on the facility and the city.
Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi have their own health insurance regulations, which are mandatory. There are two health systems in Dubai: the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC). In Abu Dhabi, healthcare is regulated by the Department of Health (DOH). In the other emirates the health system is managed by The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), and you are free to take out the insurance of your choice.
The hospital system in Dubai and Abu Dhabi is modern and meets international standards. It also has an international medical corps. Public facilities are equivalent to those in the private sector, and emergency rooms are only available in the public sector. There will be no problem of overcrowding or long waiting times. However, for certain specialties, expatriates who can afford it will return to their country of origin for hospital care or to a country where the specialty is recognized.