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First post... so I will attempt to get it right and avoid any wrath. To start, yes, I did poke about to see if this had been asked previously.

Currently in the process of relocating to UAE, and anticipate arrival in a few months time, dependent on transfer process etc etc. I have been creeping around the forum for some time, and very much appreciate the wealth of information available.

I'm a typical 36yo male, so my contact with the healthcare system has been minimal, and certainly not surgical / emergency related. However, I've recently had a health "scare", nothing terrible or permanent, but enough that caused lots of medical attention and time in hospital, surgery and so on. I found the process to be well handled here in Canada, but it made me wonder - what if the same happened while living in UAE?? Would i feel that the system was competent or would I be screaming inside to get out asap?

So my question is this - aside from the usual q's about insurance etc, which I already have a good handle on, what is the assessment of the well-informed posters on here regarding the realities of accessing healthcare in UAE? Is the private system something you can actually trust in if you are in a nasty situation such as heart issue or a surgical matter? I know I'm asking a rather general question here, but just want a general sense if things are reliable in that particular sector. I'm sure a number of you have had contact with the hospitals over time, just want a sense of whether you felt well (and competently) cared for?

Thanks in advance.
 

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First post... so I will attempt to get it right and avoid any wrath. To start, yes, I did poke about to see if this had been asked previously.

Currently in the process of relocating to UAE, and anticipate arrival in a few months time, dependent on transfer process etc etc. I have been creeping around the forum for some time, and very much appreciate the wealth of information available.

I'm a typical 36yo male, so my contact with the healthcare system has been minimal, and certainly not surgical / emergency related. However, I've recently had a health "scare", nothing terrible or permanent, but enough that caused lots of medical attention and time in hospital, surgery and so on. I found the process to be well handled here in Canada, but it made me wonder - what if the same happened while living in UAE?? Would i feel that the system was competent or would I be screaming inside to get out asap?

So my question is this - aside from the usual q's about insurance etc, which I already have a good handle on, what is the assessment of the well-informed posters on here regarding the realities of accessing healthcare in UAE? Is the private system something you can actually trust in if you are in a nasty situation such as heart issue or a surgical matter? I know I'm asking a rather general question here, but just want a general sense if things are reliable in that particular sector. I'm sure a number of you have had contact with the hospitals over time, just want a sense of whether you felt well (and competently) cared for?

Thanks in advance.
Hi,
Good question.
The answer depends on a number of factors.
Firstly are you talking about an emergency situation or something routine like a long term illness?
For instance, if you have a serious medical emergency in Abu Dhabi that requires an ambulance - the paramedics are mainly British. They will take you to the emergency department of a government hospital - SKMC or Mafraq. In SKMC the majority of ED consultants are from Canada, in Mafraq majority are from UK - once stabilized you would then be referred to the appropriate department - cardiology, medical, surgical etc. - where the vast majority will be Western trained consultants.
For more normal doctor and hospital non-emergency visits - you would visit a hospital or clinic of your choice (based on the list available from your insurance card).
Here the treatment will be much more variable. The cheaper hospitals will employ staff from the four corners of the world, the more expensive ones will be employing western trained specialists and consultants.
Hope the above helps.
Cheers
Steve
 

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I've had two operations here. Both could probably be considered fairly major, but one more so than the other. I don't know whether I've been lucky but, thankfully, the care I've received has been second to none. For the very serious one, I think, had I been living in the UK, I may still be on a waiting list, unable to walk, sit or stand and a total invalid. What you also have to realize is that a great deal of the quality of your treatment may come down to the cover provided by your company and how good it is, but I believe that all companies are going to have to provide medical history disregarded from next year, which is going to be a huge blessing for many people.
 

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Hi BedouGirl, thank you very much. The two replies that I've received on here are relieving my stress level about this. I believe our health insurance will be via one of the international majors, so it sounds like that will address some of the issues you mentioned that could crop up. Again, thanks for taking the time to answer. Cheers!
 
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