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UAE embassy in US signs medical service agreements

Agreements will allow designated Emirati patients to access medical care in the United States

Staff Report
17:15 April 15, 2018

Abu Dhabi: A series of agreements signed by the UAE embassy on Sunday will ensure timely and efficient medical care in the United States for designated Emirati patients, the Abu Dhabi Department of Health announced in a statement.

The agreements aims to increase Emirati patients’ access to health care at seven United States-based health care facilities, including at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the University of Chicago Hospitals, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the Children Hospital of Philadelphia. They build on a wide range of existing partnerships between the UAE and American medical institutions.

The agreements were signed by the UAE Ambassador to the US, Yousuf Al Otaiba, and top leaders at the health care facilities.

“Through partnerships and continued collaboration with leading US hospitals, we will not only improve access to treatment for Emirati citizens, but also help the UAE enhance its own health care infrastructure,” Al Otaiba said.

The agreements ensure that sponsored Emirati patients receive efficient and appropriate medical services in a timely manner. In addition to medical care, the agreements allow the UAE to grant electronic provision for its patients whilst receiving treatment from US visiting physicians to the UAE for further check-up and outpatient treatment.

“Enhancing patient experience is the main driver behind the continuous cooperation and partnerships we build in the health care sector. The agreements open doors for further exchange of expertise, strengthening national capacities and maximising efficiency of the health care workforce in the emirate of Abu Dhabi,” said Mohammad Al Hameli, acting undersecretary at the Abu Dhabi Department of Health.