Middle East Medical Tourism Expansion

The Mubadala-owned multi-speciality hospital Healthpoint expects to expand its capacity and services as it eyes medical tourists next year.

Based in Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, the hospital said it would increase the number of beds to 78 in the first quarter, including five beds for its new paediatrics centre and 10 for treating obese patients. Currently, it has 44 inpatient beds for its 21 clinical departments and services. All of its rooms are single occupancy.

The hospital expects to open the paediatric wing as well as expand its plastic and cosmetics surgery centre and the ear, nose and throat clinic by the second quarter. It would also expand its pharmacy.

While its current focus is to stem the flow of patients travelling outside the UAE to seek advanced medical care, it would also aim to attract more international pat­ients next year.

Healthpoint’s specialist orthopedics centre, the Abu Dhabi Knee and Sports Medicine Centre, and the bariatric and metabolic surgery centre recorded patients from across the Arabian Gulf.

“We will start to look at medical tourism [next year] and are likely to focus on orthopedics, spine and bariatrics as these are the centres [that] offer specialties that would serve the region,” said Dr Ihsan Al Marzouqi, the associate director at Mubadala Healthcare and a member of the board of directors for Healthpoint.

“At the moment our objective is to provide services for patients who were previously traveling overseas for quality care, and fill that gap.”

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