Dubai: All elderly residents of Sharjah, employees of the emirate’s government, their dependents and also retirees can avail of a 25 per cent discount on all kinds of treatment, pharmacy purchases and optical services across all facilities run by the Aster DM Healthcare group.
A memorandum of understanding between the Sharajah Health Authority (SHA) and the Aster group was signed on Tuesday.
This discount will be extended to those segments of people who are not covered by health insurance and will also include fast-track appointments and also the health care group’s facilities in India. The agreement also promises arrangements for air travel, accommodation and visa for patients who need to travel to Aster DM Healthcare’s facilities outside the UAE.
Abdullah Ali Al Mahyan, chairman of SHA and Sharjah Health care City and member of the Executive Council, said, “We are pleased to associate with Aster DM Healthcare to bring the most advanced health care to the people of Sharjah with additional benefits. This partnership is in line with SHA’s strategy of promoting private-public partnerships in order to improve the health benefits to citizens and residents.”
Dr Azad Moopen, chairman and managing director, Aster DM Healthcare, said, “We are honoured to sign this MoU with SHA to provide a wide range of health care services to the citizens, elderly residents and government employees of Sharjah. Our vision is to make quality health care accessible to all through our Aster, Access and Medcare brands. We already have clinics under these three brands in Sharjah. We have started construction of a 100-bed Aster Hospital in Sharjah. In April last year, we opened our 120-bed Medcare Hospital in Sharjah to bring premium, specialised services to people in the emirate. This agreement with SHA brings all our properties across the GCC and India within easy reach of the people of Sharjah, delivering not just primary to tertiary but also quaternary care.”
Through its vast network, Aster DM Healthcare will provide a single-window access to consultation, diagnostics and medicines. Patients who travel overseas for treatment will have access to Aster’s network of 19 hospitals, 98 clinics and 206 pharmacies in the GCC, India and the Philippines.