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News of the Emirates Health Care System - December 2008

This page aims to keep my students in the Health Administration program at University of Sharjah updated with the latest news & changes related to the UAE health care system & its environment....Click here to join UAE Health News Group


UAE urged to invest in infrastructure for the ageing  [200]
2008-12-31
The UAE and the Arab World should lead in exploring business opportunities on the burgeoning ageing population, industry experts told Emirates Business. "There is no infrastructure to cater to the old people. And this should be addressed before it's too late,"... While the UAE young population is growing at a mercurial pace, its elderly population is also growing at a rate of 10.3 per cent annually, one of the highest in the world. Currently the old age group is only six per cent of the total age group. However, the rapid increase in this class has prompted medical experts to emphasise the need for a substantial increase in healthcare resources...
http://www.business24-7.ae/articles/
Wareed Unveiled to MOH Personnel and UAE Medical Community [230] [320]
2008-12-31
The first in a series of on-going educational and training programmes for Wareed, the Federal initiative designed to revolutionize public healthcare sector delivery in the UAE, was delivered today to key Ministry of Health personnel and UAE public healthcare professionals in order to familiarize them with the projectís management, implementation timelines, benefits, and usage...
http://www.eyeofdubai.com/v1/news/newsdetail-27167.htm
Negligent doctors to face criminal charges under draft proposals [310]
2008-12-30
Doctors could face criminal charges and be jailed for medical negligence under proposals in a draft law presented to the Federal National Council yesterday by the Ministry of Health.....
http://www.thenational.ae/article/20081231/NATIONAL/445060879/-1/OPINION
Medical errors and neglect killing patients, says Federal National Council [200]
2008-12-30
People are being killed by preventable hospital errors and neglect, the Federal National Council (FNC) was told on Tuesday. ďUnfortunately, medical errors recurred during surgical procedures and caused deaths, even during simple operations,Ē said Salem Mohammad Al Naqbi, an FNC member. ....
http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Government/10271131.html
United Eastern Medical partners with ParkwayHealth to manage Danat Al Emarat Hospital [200]
2008-12-29
United Eastern Medical Services, healthcare investment and development company, has officially signed an agreement with Singaporean medical operators ParkwayHealth to manage their Danat Al Emarat Women and Childrenís Hospital in Abu Dhabi. ParkwayHealth will provide clinical development services for Danat Al Emarat and will manage the hospital. This agreement is unprecedented as Danat Al Emarat will become the first private hospital in the UAE to be managed by an international operator. .....
http://www.eyeofdubai.com/v1/news/newsdetail-27102.htm
Records show drastic drop in alcohol-related accidents [302]
2008-12-29
Alcohol-related cases have come down dramatically during the holiday season this year, usually the peak season for alcohol-related accidents, the Trauma Centre said. Dr. G.Y. Naroo, medical specialist in-charge at the Trauma Centre, told Gulf News alcohol cases had decreased this year, breaking a trend stretching to when the centre opened in 2006 .....
http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Traffic_and_Transport/10270755.html
Day Surgeries Help Reduce Hospital Costs [200]
2008-12-26
Patients in the country can opt for day-care surgeries in order to reduce hospital expenses, according to a health expert. ďThe first advantage of the procedure is for the patient because trials and studies have proved that recovery is better done by the patient himself and his family rather by the hospital staff,Ē ... A day surgery means stay at the hospital from morning till midday or evening .....
http://www.khaleejtimes.com
Emergency on the wards [310]
2008-12-26
Well-trained and motivated nursing workforce is a key component in quality healthcare, but in much of the Middle East nurses are a transient workforce in short supply. In the first of a two-part series, Jo Hartley investigates the future of nurse recruitment and the moves to attract local talent. .....
http://www.arabianbusiness.com
Testing time: Medics go under the scanner [310]
2008-12-26
Authorities in Dubai will investigate the background of all expatriate doctors in their home countries, a top official said. Around 25,000 medical practitioners and "allied professions" now have to earn a new operating licence under a healthcare reform campaign spearheaded by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). .....
http://www.xpress4me.com
Al Ain Hospital to modernise services
2008-12-26
l Ain Hospital yesterday launched a Dh140 million renovation plan to modernise and expand its services and its new logo. The modernisation plan will help the hospital offer enhanced treatment to people suffering from various medical problems, George Jepson, CEO of Al Ain Hospital, told Gulf News at the launch of the new logo. .....
http://www.gulfnews.com
UAE to launch nursing council [200] [450]
2008-12-25
A new Nursing and Midwifery Council is to be set up early next year in the UAE to regulate nursing and midwifery education and practice in the UAE. The new council will be under the chairpersonship of Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain, wife of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
UAE to review price of drugs [200]
2008-12-25
UAE prescription drug prices are to go under review by the country's health officials. A survey conducted by the Gulf News found prescription drug prices have risen by more than 5% in the last month. Prices for drugs are fixed by the Ministry of Health.
Private insurers must show creativity and innovation [200]
2008-12-24
Private health-insurance companies must provide innovative products and complement a compulsory Government-backed scheme if they are to survive its introduction ... Beginning in January, the Government will provide everyone in Dubai with basic health care, which will be funded by contributions from employers. .....
http://www.thenational.ae
FDA warns consumers against 28 banned herbal drugs [302]
2008-12-24
People seeking to lose the weight they gain from the gluttony that usually accompanies the holidays should not turn to herbal weight-loss drugs, which can be dangerous, health officials warn. The US Food and Drug Administration warned consumers against 28 herbal weight-loss products that contain undeclared medicines. The products are not sold in the UAE but can be purchased on the Internet. .....
http://www.gulfnews.com
Doctors question deadline for re-licensing [310]
2008-12-24
A call for all Dubaiís doctors to report to a hotel over a two week period in January to apply for re-licensing, has been deemed unworkable by physicians and healthcare managers. The move is part of a wholesale reform of licensing and regulation procedures being carried out by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) - the first phase of which is to reassess every doctorís eligibility to practice in the emirate. .....
http://www.arabianbusiness.com
Kidney dialysis centre being built in Sharjah [200]
2008-12-23
A dialysis centre offering free treatment is to be built in Sharjah, it was announced yesterday. The centre, which is to be ready in 2010, is expected to have more than 100 beds and house a number of machines to deal with emergencies and young children. ....
http://www.thenational.ae
AMAN launches new health insurance scheme in the UAE  [200]
2008-12-22
AMAN, Dubai Islamic Insurance & Reinsurance Company, has launched a new innovative health insurance scheme for customers in the UAE. The new plan, the first of its kind in the UAE health insurance sector, will offer comprehensive products that are consistent with the Sharia rules and are based on Islamic Takaful principle. ....
http://www.dubaicityguide.com
New medical certification centre to open in January [310]
2008-12-22
A medical fitness certification centre that can process 5,000 residency applicants daily will start functioning in January, aiming at easing the nightmare that has become the medical certification process. .....
http://www.gulfnews.com
Healthcare initiative in Ras Al Khaimah  [200]
2008-12-22
Elderly Emiratis in Ras Al Khaimah now have access to healthcare services from their own homes. Two specially trained teams will be available in Ras Al Khaimah to assist the elderly and provide them with the necessary healthcare. .....
http://www.selectproperty.com
SEWA Steps up Drive against Water Pollution, Wastage [302]
2008-12-22
Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) will continue with its crackdown on water pollution and wastage. Also as part of the campaign, .... For More: http://www.khaleejtimes.com
Two Primary Healthcare Clinics start to receive Daman Holder patients [200]
2008-12-22
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) managed by Cleveland Clinic announces that Al Bateen PHC clinic and Al Khaleej PHC clinic started to receive non-nationals as of November 15th, 2008. Currently, to access these two clinics, non-national patients should have Daman insurance or be self-pay. .....
http://www.ameinfo.com
S'pore to manage UAE hospital [200]
2008-12-22
HOSPITAL operator ParkwayHealth - part of Parkway Holdings - is making its first foray into the Middle East with a deal to manage a hospital being built in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. .....
http://www.straitstimes.com
DHA Holds Free Explanatory Seminars For Dubaiís Employers [230] [320]
2008-12-21
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is holding formal seminars to Dubaiís employers explaining their future statutory obligations under the new healthcare system. The seminars, which have already attracted over 300 people, explain the health funding system and enable employers to ask questions to the senior DHA health funding team .....
http://www.dubaicityguide.com
University Hospital Announces Partnership with Epic Systems for Advanced Clinical Management [230] [320]
2008-12-21
The University Hospital at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Academic Medical Center announced a seven-year partnership with Epic Systems Corporation, developers of clinical systems available worldwide. The EpicCare system will allow clinicians and patients at the University Hospital to view, share, and act on the latest patient information and clinical intelligence .....
http://www.eyeofdubai.com
Abu Dhabi disease prevention and screening centres extend timings [302]
2008-12-21
The Disease Prevention and Screening Centres (DPSCs), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), through its Ambulatory Healthcare Services (AHS) has added three extra working hours, effective from January 1, to keep up with medical care in public and private hospitals ..... For More: http://www.gulfnews.com
State-of-the-art children's hospital to open in Dubai in 2010
2008-12-21
Al Jalila Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Children's HospitalThe, UAE's first hospital dedicated to children, is "fast-tracked" to open by the end of 2010, and will have sub-specialiaties in paediatrics including cardiac surgery, cancer and organ transplants. The 200-bed hospital, .....
http://www.gulfnews.com
Physicians Told to Abide by New Licensing Criteria [310] [200]
2008-12-19
Physicians who do not meet the Dubai Health Authorityís (DHA) new licensing criteria will only be allowed to work for a specific grace period and under a provisional licence, says a senior health official. ..... For More: http://www.khaleejtimes.com
French healthcare services go global
2008-12-19
The International Institute of Ambulatory Surgery (IIAmbS), a pacesetter of general and laparoscopic day surgery, based in Paris and Sharjah Corniche Hospital in UAE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a new entity for encouraging French medical care and services in UAE ...
http://www.treatmentabroad.net
Strong growth in UAE healthcare sector [200]
2008-12-18
The UAE's healthcare sector is showing robust growth and is poised to attract more foreign direct investments (FDI) in the near future, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry said. In its report released yesterday, the Dubai Chamber said the pharmaceutical market in Dubai alone is expanding, with the exports of pharmaceutical products reaching Dh84.4 million in 2007, compared with Dh56.4 million in 2005. .....
http://www.gulfnews.com
Al Ain clinic launches e-claims
[320] [230]
2008-12-18
Electronic medical claims (e-claims) have been introduced in one of Abu Dhabi's hospitals for the first time. The Oasis Hospital in Al Ain launched online e-claims on Friday. E-claims involve a standardised coding system among health providers, resulting in a simpler process for medical claims.
Dubai targets lifestyle diseases [302]
2008-12-16
Lifestyle-related conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes are being targeted under a new approach to healthcare in Dubai, says a report. Other priorities are providing facilities and services to accident and trauma victims and to children with genetic disorders and congenital abnormalities. Adequate capacity is in place to deal with the relatively low incidence of communicable diseases, says the study, called The Healthcare and Life Sciences Sector in Dubai. .....
http://www.zawya.com
Sharjah hikes illegal dumping fine [302]
2008-12-15
The municipality is cracking down hard on illegal dumping in the emirate and has now imposed a Dh100,000 fine on people found flouting the rules. "There have been many incidents where companies were dumping waste illegally in the city and in deserted areas that created a hazard to the environment as well as to residents' health" ...
http://www.gulfnews.com
Eid holidays saw a huge increase in road deaths
2008-12-15
A total of 10 people lost their lives in road accidents in various areas of Ras Al Khaimah while injuries were classified as both moderate and serious ...
http://www.gulfnews.com
Hospital goes live with electronic medical claims
2008-12-14
Electronic medical claims (e-claims) have been introduced in one of the hospitals for the first time in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Gulf News has established ... Oasis Hospital in Al Ain had gone live with e-claims starting Friday. E-claims involves a standardised coding system among health providers, resulting in a simpler process for medical claims. It also reduces paperwork, saves time and is economical. ...
http://www.gulfnews.com
250 Healthcare Centres to Cater to 1.5m Residents
2008-12-13
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has compiled a provisional list of 250 Out-Patient Care Practice (OCP) centres where residents can register to access basic healthcare starting early next year. Under the compulsory Health Funding System, at least 1.5 million Dubai residents, more than a million of whom are expats working in a wide range of jobs, will be required to register with the DHAís current provisional list of OCPs within a year, to receive basic health services. ..... For More: http://www.khaleejtimes.com
Aetna to support new Dubai healthcare system
2008-12-11
Aetna has been chosen by the Dubai Health Authority to provide management services that will support a new government-sponsored healthcare system for city residents. .....
http://www.itp.net
Pay for Health Card While Renewing Visa
2008-12-11
DUBAI - Expatriates renewing their residence visas in Dubai will have to shell out an extra Dh300 for the health card that is now compulsory. .....
http://www.khaleejtimes.com
Aetna to provide health management programs and services in Dubai
2008-12-11
Aetna announced that it has been appointed by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) as one of the health care management companies (HMCs). Aetna is to provide health management programs and services to outpatient care practices (OCPs), also known as primary health care practices, in Dubai. .....
http://www.ameinfo.com
DHA to Start Process for Issuing New Licenses to All Healthcare Professionals in Dubai
2008-12-10
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has today issued a Circular to all healthcare professionals in Dubai, announcing the start of its Grandfathering process, the term used for the renewal of all existing healthcare licences held by all physicians, across both the public and private sectors in the Emirate of Dubai....
http://www.eyeofdubai.com
Dubai sets deadline for doctorsí new licences
2008-12-08
Physicians have been warned they could be fined or struck off if they fail to sign up for a new licence to practise next month. Starting in mid-January, all physicians working in the emirate must register at a special Dubai Health Authority (DHA) centre to apply for the new licences, being introduced as part of a wide-ranging reform of the healthcare sector. After they register, physicians will be able to sit for an online test that ...
http://www.thenational.ae
DHA announces two proposed health management companies
2008-12-08
In preparation for the launch of the new health funding system on 01 January 2009, the Dubai Health Authority has today announced the proposed appointment of two health management companies (HMCs) .....
http://www.ameinfo.com
UAE ID card replaces health card
2008-12-07
The UAE Ministry of Health has announced that individuals who have obtained the new identity card can use it to obtain services at public hospitals. No other documentation need be provided if the individual has the ID card.
DHA announces two proposed health management companies
2008-12-07
In preparation for the launch of the new health funding system on 01 January 2009, the Dubai Health Authority has today announced the proposed appointment of two health management companies (HMCs). These HMCs will provide important administrative, financial and other support services to all Out-patient Care Practice clinics (OCP clinics) registered with the DHA to provide the basic healthcare benefits covered by the new system. .....
http://www.eyeofdubai.com
Dubai to host the International Medical Care and Diagnostic Conference and Exhibition 2011
2008-12-07
Dubai will be the first Arab city to host the International Medical Care and Diagnostic Conference and Exhibition set for 2011. Dubai was chosen over Belgium and South Africa. Al-Abdulhadi said the conference will accommodate more than 7,000 medical experts from around the world. Founded in France in 1947, the IHF is a non-profit organization that includes 157 member countries. The IHF aims to develop and maintain cooperation and communication among hospitals and health care organizations worldwide.
Cardiovascular towers to care for the critical
2008-12-05
A large donation was offered to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to build a 913,000-square-foot cardiovascular and critical care tower in honour of Shaikh Zayed. The tower consists of 355 patient beds, operating rooms, and a teaching hospital with all-digital imaging and wireless voice communications available in the whole building. "The twin aims are to develop the skills of UAE nationals and to further strengthen the continuing improvement to our health system," said Dr Ahmad Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chairman of HAAD. .....
http://www.gulfnews.com
Recycling novelty: Sharjah Parks get greener
2008-12-04
"Itís appropriate that visitors to some of Sharjahís most beautiful areas can now contribute to the environmental health of the emirate," said Samer Kamal, ...
http://www.xpress4me.com
ADHA to continue 'rational approach' to drug selection and related therapies
2008-12-03
The Abu Dhabi Health Authority will continue to take a 'rational approach to drug use', says its advisor on drugs and medical products, in an effort to bring the emirate's residents the best possible medical care at the fairest cost. .....
http://www.ameinfo.com
Lubna hopes friend's death can help break cancer taboo
2008-12-03
Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi said the taboo that stifles discussion of cancer in the UAE had to be broken and that women must know the importance of regular screenings for breast cancer and other forms of the disease. .....
http://www.thenational.ae
Aids remains a top medical priority
2008-12-02
Although HIV/Aids is relatively under control in the UAE, with only 35 reported cases last year and an infection rate of less than 1 per cent, fighting the syndrome remains a top priority of the Ministry of Health .....
http://www.gulfnews.com
Plan to develop safe communities
2008-12-02
The Education Council here recently hosted a Strategy Implementation Symposium. Dr Mugheer Al Khaili, Undersecretary General for the General Secretariat of the Executive Council (ADGSEC), said that the authority will support the Abu Dhabi government and agencies in developing and implementing a safe community. .....
http://www.gulfnews.com
New childrenís hospital in Dubai
2008-12-02
The Hospital will be located in Dubai and will have a 200 bed capacity with specialised departments like paediatric trauma centre, heart centre ... For More: http://www.xpress4me.com
UAE healthcare pay scales to be drawn up
2008-12-01
The Ministry of Health will set out new minimum and maximum salaries for health workers in the UAE. Pay scales setting out minimum and maximum salaries for every group of healthcare worker are to be drawn up by the Ministry of Health .....
http://www.arabianbusiness.com
Doctors divided over Hepatitis deportation
2008-12-01
Health officials are divided over whether a person with an infectious liver disease should be deported under the UAE law. Some say carriers of Hepatitis B deserve to remain and be treated while others say deportation protects the population. The UAE made Hepatitis B a "deportable disease" from July this year, requiring all expatriates seeking new employment and residence visa to be free of the blood-borne virus. .....
http://www.gulfnews.com

 

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