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Dubai Health Authority Unveils Healthcare for All

Monday, June 9, 2008 General News J E 4
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, June 9

- 'Everyone Living in Dubai Will Have Access to a Good, Affordable HealthService That Meets Their Basic Medical Needs'

Following twelve months of extensive consultation and public engagement,the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has today unveiled the future direction ofthe Government's health strategy at a presentation to over 500 people from arange of different stakeholder groups and organisations, including Governmentdepartments, diplomatic representatives, healthcare experts and professionalsfrom the public and private sectors, employers, insurers and members of thepublic.

Building on the vision of His Highness Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid AlMaktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai containedwithin the Dubai Strategic Plan, health is at the forefront of theGovernment's agenda to promote the continued and sustainable growth of Dubaion both the regional as well as the international stage.

His Excellency Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, the Director General of theDubai Health Authority, said: 'A dynamic and well regulated health sector isimportant to our future growth and prosperity. A happy and prosperous societyis a healthy and productive one. Health affects us all, whoever we may be, aswe will all be a patient at some point in our lives. What we hope is thatthere is a high quality, accessible and affordable healthcare system in placeto look after us when we need it. So health is one of the few issues whichunite us all.'

The Government has recognised that as Dubai continues to grow, it mustcontinue to develop a health service driven by international best practice.In addition, Dubai can only be truly healthy if all parts of its communitywork together and have access to basic health care. So, as Dubai looks to thefuture, it is important that it addresses the basic health needs of everyoneliving and working here, to continue to build a healthy, sustainable andsuccessful community.

Hosting the event, the Director General said: 'Over the last 30 years,the Department of Health and Medical Services (or DoHMS) and the privatehealthcare facilities have done an excellent job delivering health servicesfor Dubai. However, during this period, Dubai's population has changed andgrown from 300,000 to nearly 1.5 million and continues to expand. Alongsidethis growth, the rapidly rising cost of healthcare facilities, services andmedicines are all driving the demand for more healthcare expenditure.'

'One year ago today the Dubai Health Authority was created with a clearremit to drive standards and improve the health of everyone living andworking here in Dubai. Since then we have been working hard to build anddevelop a healthcare system for the future. Our aspiration is to become oneof the world's top health providers and to build Dubai's reputation as aregional leader in healthcare provision.'

He added: 'The DHA will be responsible for delivering a health strategythat protects and improves the quality of care for everyone in Dubai. We willpromote international accreditation of all healthcare services and promotepartnership between the public and private sector, attracting internationalexperience and expertise. We will also deliver effective regulation acrossthe whole of Dubai's health sector, increasing transparency andaccountability within the system. We will drive efficiency by funding themost effective healthcare for those who need it, improving accessibility tothe system and sustainability for the future. And the DHA will help bring thebest training and education opportunities for those working within thehealthcare sector.'

At the presentation the Director General made a number of very specificannouncements about parts of the health programme. However the Governmentappreciates that delivering a world class healthcare system will take time.Through its consulta
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