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Dubai Implements Council for Dubai Health Strategy

Dubai has set many goals for itself with the Dubai Health Strategy 2021, both small, lofty and everywhere in between. To make sure they are met smoothly, a new council has been formed to oversee the strategy. What are the implications of this council, and how will it Dubai's healthcare sector? Read on to find out more.



With regards to developing its medical care sector, Dubai has been ambitious in its pursuits. However, it has also been quite successful in achieving results even after setting lofty goals. For instance, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is looking at creating updated goals for attracting medical tourism after being way ahead of schedule to reach 500,000 medical tourists annually.

Even so, it seems that the DHA still believes that more help may be needed to ensure that the various goals of the Dubai Health Strategy 2021 are reached. After all, the strategy contains quite a list of various aims, including 4 main approaches, 6 objectives, 15 programs, and 98 initiatives (divided into 3 waves) all to be achieved by 2021. In light of this, it was recently announced that a new body will be formed to aid in Dubai’s development as a regional leader in healthcare.

 

Council announcement

On April 30th, 2016 it was announced by the Dubai Health Authority that a strategy council, complete with its own office, is going to be created in order to make the implementation of Dubai Health Strategy 2021 a reality. Of the council, Chair of the Board and Director-General of the DHA, Humaid Al Qutami, had to say, “In order to achieve this, we have put in place an executive office for organizational transformation, a strategy council and have appointed leaders from the public and private sector to oversee the implementation of the 15 programs of the strategy.” He went on to say, “As and when the initiatives are implemented, we will begin to see [the strategy’s] positive impact on patients, health-care professionals, facilities and the overall health sector in Dubai.”

So who are the people behind the strategy council? Well, input was gathered from 13,000 DHA staff members, as well as the stakeholders of any projects related to the strategy, representatives of the private sector, government authorities, and the public at large via social media. All of this feedback was then used to mold a council well suited to handle the various features of the strategy.

 

The Dubai Health Strategy 2021

Launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in January of 2016, the Dubai Health Strategy 2021 is a strategy focused on revitalizing and improving Dubai’s healthcare sector. Despite the announcement of the strategy via most local media outlets in the emirate, specifics of the strategy in English have yet to be published online. However, what has been listed are the number of various approaches, objectives, programs and initiatives contained within, which have been mentioned previously in this article.

What we know about the strategy as it relates to the strategy council is that each of the 15 programs will have its own leader looking after it. These programs include:

  • PPP and investment

  • Care model innovation

  • Health and insurance financing

  • Healthy lifestyle and prevention

  • Technology and data

  • Primary care

  • Governance

  • Dental Care

  • Medical and workforce education

  • Behavioral and mental disorders

  • Centers of excellence including clinical research

  • Medical tourism

  • Quality, excellence and patient experience

  • Chronic disease management

  • Public safety and health

 

Impact of the council

The formation of the strategy council is especially relevant given the current state of healthcare landscape in Dubai. Not only must it aid in realizing the aspirations of the emirate’s medical care, but it also will be doing this in a new age of healthcare for Dubai. This can be said largely because of the looming ISAHD healthcare reforms that will require that every person in Dubai possess private health insurance coverage. To be sure, this is a big change that will require on-the-fly adjustment for patients, care providers, insurers and others involved in healthcare in Dubai. Given this big change, UMI believes that the council is not only good for Dubai, but also necessary to ensure smooth transitions as the emirate brings its goals to fruition.

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