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Eight Percent of Residents Seek Medical Advice Outside the UAE

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gulfnews.com – Dubai: The lack of medical skills and a long waiting period are a couple of the top reasons why residents travel abroad instead of seeking treatment within the UAE, according to the latest survey conducted by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Dubai Statics Centre.

The findings, released on Tuesday, are a concern for authorities who are striving to reinforce the emirate’s status as a destination for medical tourism.

Various measures will be considered to encourage residents to seek treatment in the country, said Dr. Eldaw Sulaiman, head of Research and Performance Management, Health Policy and Strategy Department at the DHA, speaking to Gulf News.

“We will use various media channels to share information about the available services, specialties, and existing capacity of doctors, nurses and technical staff. In addition, we are currently developing a healthcare service navigator – an online tool to help anyone search for a doctor by specialty, experience and reputation. This tool will be a reality in the next few years. There are also continued efforts to increase the trust people have in our healthcare ability, and achieve excellence in healthcare service delivery through quality service programs,” he said.

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