With the number of patients treated this year increasing by 25 percent year-on-year, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, chairperson of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), has announced the restructuring of the free zone, it was reported. The changes include the appointment of a new CEO and the establishment of an independent regulatory body to oversee all healthcare providers.
Princess Haya, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was appointed chairperson of the DHCC in September 2011.
On Wednesday, Princess Haya announced changes to the organisation’s structure, including the appointment of Marwan Abedin as CEO.
As part of the restructuring, Abedin will oversee a new division named Dubai Healthcare City Education (DHCE). Managed by Dr Muhadditha Al Hashimi, DHCE will oversee the educational and research components of DHCC, which will include new projects such as a new dental specialist school, a first-of-its-kind medical simulation centre and a library.
Princess Haya also announced the establishment of the Dubai Healthcare City Regulator, which will be headed by Dr Abdulkareem Al Olama and will be an independent licensing and regulatory authority for all healthcare providers, medical educational institutions and other businesses operating within the free zone.
The move comes on the back of a growing number of patients and operators at DHCC. “In 2012 alone, over 500,000 patients sought healthcare services, as provided by more than 100 partners, in the world’s first healthcare free zone – a 25 percent increase from 2011,” stated Princess Haya.
“In line with DHCC’s medical tourism strategy, 15 percent of these patients are from outside of the UAE. DHCC medical centres have achieved consistent high levels of patient satisfaction, reaffirming the exceptional quality of care provided by the healthcare city’s medical providers.”
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“The continued increase in the number of major national and international healthcare providers with presence in DHCC further endorses its position as a global medical centre,” Princess Haya added.
“In the first nine months of 2012, 14 new medical centres have opened at DHCC and the number of pharmaceutical firms, medical equipment providers, insurance companies and other support services stand at over 180 to date. Much has been done this year, but there is still an enormous amount left to do in order to achieve Sheikh Mohammed’s original vision.”
Established in 2002, Dubai Healthcare City is home to more than 100 medical centres and two internationally-accredited hospitals.