USD 5.5 billion GCC spending on overseas treatment annually
Saturday, 03 26 2016, Category: Health, Country: Gulf Cooperation Council
An international conference in Dubai revealed the increase in the cost borne by GCC countries and which is related to the overseas treatment of citizens, stressing the necessity of establishing health facilities in the region, which will follow international standards in order to decrease the number of overseas treatment visits.
Participants in the Dubai International Ambulance conference said that that Gulf countries spend more than AED 20 billion annually (USD 5.5 billion) in order to provide overseas treatment in European, Asian and American countries.
Participants advocated the expansion of health investments by launching medical cities, hospitals that follow international standards, developing medical faculties that address the shortage in medical staff, indicating that that the rate of medical professional in the Gulf is estimated at 20 physicians against every 10 thousand persons, which is half the rate of European countries.
Source: Al Qabas