Arab News, Thursday, Jun 01, 2023 | Thul-Qidah 12, 1444
UAE’s healthcare sector sets global benchmark in medical services and innovation
The UAE’s healthcare sector continues to lead regionally and globally in medical
services and scientific achievements this year, according to a study.
The Legatum Institute Prosperity Index Report
ranked the UAE in the top position in three key global competitiveness indexes
in the healthcare sector: early detection programs, scope of medical coverage
and antenatal care coverage.
The Gulf country also secured the second global
rank and the top regional spot in the Health Outcomes Index, according to the
2022 Open Data Inventory report by Open Data Watch.
Furthermore, it emerged as a regional leader in
the Middle East and Africa, topping the list in drug innovation and regulatory
approval processes, reported the state-run news agency WAM.
But that is not all. The country also leads the
Gulf Cooperation Council countries’ healthcare spending growth rate with a
projected investment of $30.7 billion in the sector by 2027, marking an annual
growth rate of 7.4 percent, according to the international investment banking
advisory firm Alpen Capital.
In its ongoing commitment to the sector, Emirates
Health Services launched in March the Innovation Strategy, which aims to ensure
the sustainability of the healthcare sector and contribute toward the National
Strategy for Wellbeing 2031 and We the UAE 2031 vision, in line with the UAE
In February, the nation’s healthcare authorities,
including the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the Department of Health Abu
Dhabi and the Dubai Health Authority, launched Tatmeen, a platform that aims to
safeguard and secure the healthcare supply chains, underscoring the UAE’s
strategic approach toward drug assessment and approval processes.
The UAE’s healthcare expenditure has been on a
steady rise, increasing from 3.8 billion dirhams ($1.03 billion) in 2016 to 4.8
billion dirhams in 2023.
The growth of the country’s healthcare
infrastructure remains a top priority, while developing its healthcare workforce
is a key focus area, highlighting the UAE’s commitment to fostering a robust