Financing health care in the United Arab Emirates.

Nabila Fahed Taha, Amer Ahmad Sharif, Iain Blair

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Newcomers to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) health care system often enquire about the way in which UAE health services are financed particularly when funding issues affect eligibility for treatment. The UAE ranks alongside many western counties on measures of life expectancy and child mortality but because of the unique population structure spends less of its national income on health. In the past as a wealthy country the UAE had no difficulty ensuring universal access to a comprehensive range of services but the health needs of the UAE population are becoming more complex and like many countries the UAE health system is facing the twin challenges of quality and cost. To meet these challenges new models of health care financing are being introduced. In this brief article we will describe the evolution of UAE health financing, its current state and likely future developments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalWorld hospitals and health services : the official journal of the International Hospital Federation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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