How Does the Healthcare System Work in the UAE?
Healthcare in the UAE is governed and delivered both at the federal level and at emirate level. While there are both public and private healthcare facilities across the country, only UAE citizens are eligible to access healthcare and treatment at a very low cost or sometimes free of charge. However, due to the large expat population, it is estimated that only around 25% of public hospital use is by UAE citizens, with the remainder of use by the expat population. Private sector healthcare is almost exclusively used by expats only.
Standards of treatment and care in hospitals across the UAE are high, and due to the population demographics, it is rare to find hospitals overcrowded or patients experiencing long wait times for treatment. However, many residents are still required to travel abroad to undergo specialist treatment depending on their condition.
Having a private medical and health insurance package will ensure that you are able to cover your medical costs while you’re based in the UAE.