Healthcare policy in the United Arab Emirates| Conclusion

Addressing medical tourism in Abu Dhabi healthcare system

The predominantly public nature of the AD healthcare system could be the reason for resident’s reason for outsourcing of medical services to foreign nations. Issues such as government funding of the system could deter the advancement of healthcare services thus leading to congestion in the system. This then would necessitate a controlled privatization of the health sector while ensuring that the costs do not exceed the affordable limit. Having established some of these proposals the HAAD needs to establish a feedback framework that would ensure the stakeholders input is catered for in policy implementations. Establishment of stakeholder informed leadership in organizations has been advanced to yield desirable results (Maak, & Pless 2006; Schneider 2002).

The impacts of globalization having altered all aspects of human interactions the restriction of healthcare outsourcing would not be advisable. Due to the availability of information – through the internet and other mass media – and easing of movement – aero transport – then reversing the impact of medical outsourcing can only be achieved by offering competitive healthcare solutions. In areas where there is resource limitation especially in the competency of the human resources then international partnerships would prove effective primarily in offering training. Further such partnerships would allow for relations where services are provided locally by expatriates thus saving partial income of what would have otherwise left the country. With the global increase of healthcare tourism, there needs to have a subsequent standardization of global healthcare practices and regulatory processes to ensure that inter country competition for patients does not lead to unethical practices (Leahy 2008).


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