Fri 06-04-2018 20:09 PM
ABU DHABI, 6th April, 2018 (WAM) — Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohamed Al Hamed, Chairman of the Department of Health, DoH, has reiterated the Department’s commitment to ensuring the provision of integrated healthcare programmes for all segments of the Abu Dhabi community.
In his statements marking World Health Day, Al Hamed noted that the emirate, under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, is keen to maintain an efficient health insurance system to fulfil the needs of the emirate’s people.
“Since its launch 12 years ago, the emirate’s health insurance system, which was a turning point in the history of its medical sector, has proved to be a model of public health and community well-being,” Al Hamed said.
The number of licenced health facilities in Abu Dhabi increased to 2,455 in 2016, which include 56 hospitals, 1,324 medical clinics and 750 pharmacies, added Al Hamed while noting that 46,747 professionals are working in the emirate’s healthcare sector, including 8,983 physicians, 1,734 dentists, 24,915 nurses, 7,767 paramedics and 3,348 pharmacists.
A total of 40 licenced medical insurance companies are also operating in the emirate and up to 3.1 million people have subscribed to its medical insurance system, he further added.
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