Dubai Medical Tourism

Dubai targets one million medical tourists by 2020 after 18% growth in 2015. Top treatments are cosmetic surgery, dental, orthopaedic, wellness and fertility

Dubai has a target of one million medical tourists by 2020 as it has exceeded its projected target with annual growth of 18 % in 2015, claims the Dubai Health Authority.

Dr Layla Al Marzouqi of the DHA says: “In 2015, we had international medical tourist traffic of 434,436 people, mainly from Asia, GCC and other countries of the Mena region -with an annual revenue of Dh1 billion. We will have crossed the 500,000 mark in 2016.”

The top five treatments are cosmetic surgery, dental, orthopaedic, wellness and fertility procedures. DHA seeks overseas investors to expand the range of health care on offer.

Dubai will soon have a website with all the health data in the emirate. The data is compiled from private, public hospitals, polyclinics and other medical facilities.

Dubai Health Authority in collaboration with the Dubai Statistical Institute has launched the Health Statistical System. The data covers inpatient and outpatient traffic, infections, diseases, surgeries conducted, births, vaccinations and more.

2015, the four DHA run hospitals and specialty centres received over one million patients. This number includes outpatients, accident and emergency cases, walk-in visits as well as admissions. The total number of outpatient visits across these facilities were 647,762 number of accident and emergency cases were 441,441 and the remaining 81,595 were admissions.

Joint Commission International

Joint Commission International (JCI) is one of the world’s leading nonprofit patient safety organizations. JCI seeks a world where every patient receives the highest quality of care possible.

The most visible way we pursue this goal is through accreditation program. To that end, JCI regularly publishes a demanding set of standards that represent the most current thinking in patient safety and quality improvement. Health care organizations that are capable of meeting these standards must undergo a comprehensive and rigorous on-site survey conducted by JCI in order to achieve accreditation. Once accredited, organizations must continue to meet our standards and are regularly assessed through periodic re-survey. JCI is completely independent from the organizations they accredit.

JCI also works to improve the quality of care within all hospitals, not just those that are capable of meeting our accreditation standards. JCI’s global experts regularly assist hospitals, municipal governments, and ministries of health as they pursue their own quality goals and patient care outcomes.

History

Founded in 1994 by The Joint Commission, JCI works with health care organizations from more than 100 countries. Today, JCI fields a well-trained team of international accreditation surveyors and consultants who work in five continents.

Mission

The mission of JCI is to continuously improve the safety and quality of care in the international community through education, advisory services, and international accreditation and certification.

Medical Tourism Portal Launched by Indian Government

Government of India launched the Healthcare Tourism portal last year to grow the medical tourism.Its main aim is to help the foreign tourist to select the hospitals in India.Several hospitals details can be found here such as best hospital for orthopedic treatment,cardiac treatment,eye treatment etc.
Here is the link
http://www.indiahealthcaretourism.com/

Medical Tourism as an Industry

Over 50 countries have identified medical tourism as a national industry.More and more hospitals are being built keeping JCI in mind.Medical tourist before landing up in any country do proper research about hospital standards.Thailand is the number one country with 18 JCI accreditated hospitals followed by Singapore and India
There is direct support of government in many countries.Big JCI Hospitals have started setting up International Marketing Department to cater to the needs of the people.Right from the query received by them,airport pick up to the staying arrangement.Its not hospital alone that matters when it comes to medical tourism.Supporting infrastructure such as hotels,airport,foods,culture etc plays very important role.So even if your country boast of lot of JCI hospitals unless and until the supporting infrastructure is not good,the business will be affected.My personal experience with one JCI hospital in India is not good.The service they offered to the medical tourist was not good at all.Not a single thing was delivered on time.The patient went back being frustrated.You have to talk to the patient who already visited this hospital from your country so as to avoid such hospitals.I will keep updating here about the Medical Tourist experience throughout the globe.