Industry News: Volume 1, Issue 20

Dubai is Open for Business: Surge in International Medical Value Travelers to Aster Hospitals Complement Record Number of Tourists

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates & GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aster DM Healthcare, one of the largest private global healthcare service providers with 365 healthcare facilities worldwide, including hospitals at its Dubai headquarters and plans underway for a quaternary hospital in the Cayman Islands, announces that its hospitals in UAE have treated patients from 153 countries over the past 90 days. With UAE/Dubai enjoying the connectivity of Emirates Airlines from countries worldwide, Dubai is positioned as a medical value travel (MVT) leader, ranked #6 out of 46 in the Medical Tourism Index 2020-2021, and is welcoming a record number of tourists, including medical tourists, in 2021.

Alisha Moopen, deputy managing director, Aster DM Healthcare, says “We are proud of how Dubai brings the best minds and examples from around the world to create a global benchmark. The eight top-notch healthcare institutions we have built in Dubai have been modeled on the best global care systems with JCI and Canadian diamond accreditation, ensuring that it will be an experience that brings the best infrastructure, talent and care quotient together to truly deliver world-class healthcare.”

Moopen says healthcare access has been significantly impacted over the last 18 months for normal care delivery. “Our multi-specialty hospitals, which see over 220,000 in-patient cases per annum, are affordable, reliable and deliver superior clinical outcomes,” she adds, introducing Aster DM Healthcare’s new MVT website,

Aster hospitals provide high quality healthcare, transparent/bundled pricing and rapid access to affordable care. These features and cost savings are attractive as medical debt in the US soars to $140 billion. National Health Service waiting lists in England could more than double soonassome 5.3 million people are currently waiting for routine operations and procedures in England and Canadians are waiting over a year for surgeries.

David Boucher, Group Chief of Service Excellence, Aster DM Healthcare, says

“Aster hospitals offer an end-to-end integrated healthcare ecosystem spanning neonatology, cardiac, plastic, cosmetic and bariatric surgery, neurosurgery, women’s health and orthopedics with 55+ specialties and subspecialties and an expansive telemedicine network for medical travelers to connect with their providers before and after procedures.”

Two-thirds of the world’s population live within an eight-hour flight from Dubai and 25 million visits are expected at Expo 2020 Dubai between October 2021 and March 2022.

About Aster DM Healthcare

Aster DM Healthcare Limited is one of the largest private healthcare service providers operating in multiple GCC states and India. Emphasizing clinical excellence, Aster maintains a strong presence across primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary healthcare through 27 hospitals, 115 clinics and 223+ pharmacies in seven countries, including India.

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US Health Officials Call for Booster Shots Against COVID-19

By Mike Stobber and Matthew Perrone, Associated Press—U.S. health officials Wednesday announced plans to dispense COVID-19 booster shots to all American to shore up their protection amid the surging delta variant and evidence that the vaccine’s effectiveness is falling.

The plan, as outlined by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other top authorities, calls for an extra dose eight months after people get their second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

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Pandemic has changed the way patients see doctors, new survey finds

By Anastassia Gliadkovskaya—The coronavirus pandemic has affected the way people see doctors and their responsibilities, with nearly one in five patients are considering changing their doctor.

According to a new survey, half of patients have higher expectations for doctors since the pandemic, and nearly a quarter say their opinion of their doctor has changed.

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Racial Inequities Persist in Health Care Despite Expanded Insurance

By Roni Caryn Rabin—Two decades ago, only 9 percent of white Americans rated their health as fair or poor. But 14 percent of Hispanic Americans characterized their health in those terms, as did nearly 18 percent of Black Americans.

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Pfizer, Eli Lilly and J&J roll out COVID-19 vaccination rules as delta makes case for mandates

By Fraiser Kansteiner, Noah Higgins-Dunn—Right as several countries seemed to be getting a handle on the COVID-19 pandemic, the delta variant crashed onto the scene, sending case counts soaring again and throwing re-opening plans into limbo. With cases expected to continue ticking up before Labor Day, the argument for vaccine mandates is growing.

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Wildfire smoke could raise risk of severe Covid and death, study finds

By Kaitlin Sullivan—Severe illness and deaths from Covid-19 spiked on the West Coast in the weeks after catastrophic wildfires raged across the region last year, a study published Friday find.

The increases in disease and death, the researchers say, appear to have been aggravated by the smoke that blanketed parts of California, Oregon and Washington during the 2020 wildfire season.

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U.S. CDC to create new information center to forecast disease threats

By Mrinalika Roy in Bengaluru—The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday it is creating a new disease forecasting center to improve the ability to use data to predict and gauge emerging health threats.

The Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics will help in sharing information in real time to activate governmental, private sector, and public actions in anticipation of threats both domestically and abroad, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.

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