Report on the UAE healthcare market

Published on November 12, 2009 at 5:06 AM · No Comments

Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "UAE Healthcare Sector Forecast to 2012" report to their offering.

The UAE has emerged as one the fastest growing healthcare markets in the Middle East. The country's healthcare sector has grown at double digit rate to keep pace with incessantly rising demand for quality treatment and diagnostic facilities. Driven by various factors such as rapidly increasing population, rising prevalence of lifestyle diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension, and the lack of internationally accredited healthcare infrastructure, the country has been witnessing tremendous increase in demand for healthcare services, resulting into increased healthcare spending.

According to the latest research report, "UAE Healthcare Sector Forecast to 2012", the healthcare spending in the country is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of more than 13% during 2007-2012. This growth will be driven by the regulatory environment, increasing private sector participation and the introduction of compulsory medical insurance schemes together with the expected completion of the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) by 2010, which will be the world's first healthcare free-zone.

The government plays a central role in providing healthcare services and accounted for around 70% of the total healthcare spending in 2007. However, with increasing pressure on the public healthcare system, the government is rapidly promoting the involvement of private sector in all areas of medical services ranging from diagnosis to treatment. Under such scenario of outstanding expansion opportunities, we anticipate big investment from the private sector in the forecast period.

The demand for hospitals and hospital beds is anticipated to rise over the next few years since the existing infrastructure is inadequate to deal with rising number of health complications in all sections of the society and every age group people. Besides, the penetration of hospital beds in the UAE is currently low as per the international standards. In general, it is assumed that the developed markets average 4 beds per 1000 population, while in the UAE it is less than 2 beds per 1000 population (in 2007), indicating large room for future growth potential.

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