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.