UAE – Saudi: Medical common ground

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Dubai and Saudi Arabia

Story

Doctors from Saudi Arabia and Dubai obtain permission to work in both countries

Objective

To assess the benefits of the pact.

The healthcare authorities of Dubai and Saudi Arabia have decided to permit licensed medical practitioners of both countries to practice in their preferred location.

According to a pact (currently under discussion between the Dubai Health Authority and Saudi Commission for Health Specialties) doctors with a Saudi medical license will be able to practice in Dubai and viceversa.

The terms of license clauses and conditions will be discussed between two parties that will entail acceptance of the medical licenses in both countries. The CMEs will be designed in accordance to the requirements of both the countries to ensure that physicians and medical employees are constantly updated with the latest in the medical field.

Ripples

Once implemented, this move will benefit both doctors and healthcare establishments in the two countries, in terms of conducting visiting sessions, consultation and workshops in either of the countries.

According to Dr Ramadan Ibrahim, Director of Health Regulation Department at the DHA, the initiative aims at further strengthening the medical sector in both countries by mutually exchanging medical human resources.

Dr Khalil Qayed, director of Medical Education at the DHA, added, The cooperation strongly focuses on implementing more continuing medical education (CME) programmes.

The CMEs will be designed according to the current requirements in both the countries to ensure that physicians and medical employees are constantly updated with the latest in the medical field.

Dr Khalil Qayed, Director of Medical Education at the DHA, said, The bilateral cooperation in the field of licensing, medical education and examinations between the two countries, have been detailed by representatives from the DHA and Saudi Arabia at a meeting held recently in Dubai. He also added that, The agreement will cover conducting qualifying medical examinations, choosing medical panels and preparing examination materials together.

Overview

The growing population of this region means that the healthcare system needs both expertise and investments from outside sources in the region.

The pact is a major breakthrough in the healthcare sector to both the countries. Once implemented, this move will benefit both doctors and healthcare establishments of both the countries. The initiative will further strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Medical tourism

There is a possibility that the UAE might loose a portion of medical tourism. However patients from Saudi Arabia make up only a small percentage thereby there would not be a great loss.

Sources: Newzglobe, The National, medicaltourismmag.com, hziegler.com, Gulf Today

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