Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) signed an agreement to establish a medical tourism network for international patients travelling to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for healthcare and treatment services.
Through this agreement, HAAD and TCA Abu Dhabi aim to develop an integrated and comprehensive network of best-in-class service providers for international patients seeking specialised medical treatment and expertise in Abu Dhabi.
The network will also ensure that patients and their families are provided with holistic services while they are being treated in the Emirate. All organisations interested in joining this network are being invited to contact HAAD for registration through http://www.haad.ae/admt.
The entities registered under the medical tourism network will offer international patients a variety of complementary services that they may need throughout the duration of their stay. Example members include: healthcare facilities, on ground transportation agencies, airline travel and tourism companies, as well as retail outlets throughout the country.
In addition, members could be a variety of organisations from other sectors in Abu Dhabi that would help the planned network achieve its goals. Furthermore, the network will be developed with integrated operational standards that work in tandem with the Ministry of Interior’s unified visa system.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Asma Al Mannaei, director of the Healthcare Quality Division at HAAD, and Sultan Al Dhaheri, acting executive director, tourism sector, on behalf of TCA Abu Dhabi.
Those admitted into the planned network will be selected primarily based on their performance in the Abu Dhabi Quality Index Programme (JAWDA) – launched by HAAD in 2014.
The programme will drive the emirate’s medical tourism objectives, acting as a dedicated initiative, supporting the development of healthcare offerings within the Emirate, forging closer links with the industry and providing administrative support to these partnerships.