Despite Health Insurance Cover, Almost One-fourth of UAE Patients Wish to go Overseas for Treatment

Despite Health Insurance Cover, Almost One-fourth of UAE Patients Wish to go Overseas for TreatmentEven with good health care facilities in the UAE, a recent survey discovered that twenty four percent of the residents desired to go abroad for treatment.

Although most of the patients in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah said that the present health facilities were satisfying in the Emirates yet many of the UAE nationals still chose to opt for medical treatment overseas. The reason was mainly the quality of doctors and the extremely high cost of treatment.

The survey dubbed 'Quality of Service' initiated by Ethos Integrated Solutions, revealed patients had considerable concerns over the costs and quality of doctor.

One thousand residents were surveyed from the age group between 18 and 56. Among them 62.9 percent of the people said that the healthcare costs were "too high" even with health insurance cover.

The participants even mentioned seven major healthcare destinations which they would opt for due to lower costs, higher quality of doctors, service and facilities of specialized diagnosis.

However, diverse people chose to go to different destinations for treatment. The UAE nationals preferred US and Germany as treatment destinations where as the Western nationals chose UK and Singapore. The Arab expats preferred Jordan and Egypt and Asians selected India.

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