Health Authority - Abu Dhabi Extends takes part in Abu Dhabi Medical Congress 2012

WAM Abu Dhabi, Oct 13th, 2012 (WAM)--The health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulatory body for the health care sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, announced today its participation programme in the Abu Dhabi Medical Congress 2012, which will kick off on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The HAAD will feature a large stand at the exhibition area and scientific papers discussing vital health issues during the three-day long conference.

The HAAD's stand (3E10) at Hall no.4 will showcase the latest projects aiming at improving quality and medical outcomes of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Visitors will have the chance to talk to HAAD teams on various topics including Abu Dhabi Medical Distinction Award submissions, JAWD pharmaceutical services rating project, Health professional licensing and examination, Health Facility Licensing and the new healthcare services Tariff set by the Authority.

Zaid Al Siksek, CEO of HAAD said: "HAAD is working on a comprehensive strategy to improve medical outcomes for the patients of Abu Dhabi. These range from a greater emphasis on auditing healthcare providers to developing and sharing clinical quality indicators in association with key stakeholders. HAAD's medical outcome improvement strategy is based on faster, more efficient regulation, monitoring clinical outcomes, and targeted, evidence-based approach to preventive care and treatment services." "The Authority is working hard to make sure that patients receive quality care. As a regulator, this operationally translates to building in financial incentives based on quality not quantity into insurance reimbursement rates," he added.

According to HAAD 2011 statistics report, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has witnessed some major improvements in many areas; the mortality rates in the Emirate have witnessed a steady decline over the past few years and are now comparable with other developed countries.

In terms of supply, the number of physicians has witnessed a 3 per cent growth and 11.8 per cent of growth in facilities. High demand projections also indicate that in 2021 demand for inpatient services may require 1600 additional beds beyond the current 3,659 beds. However, investors hold 42 preliminary hospital licenses which signal significant future capacity to meet this demand.

An aggressive growth in demand in the Emirate is expected for services relating to lifestyle diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer with larger volume increases in outpatient settings according to HAAD.

The capacity gaps section of the statistics report confirms that waiting times have been reduced across most specialties yet it highlights critical capacity gap in intensive '&' critical care medicine and overall gaps remain in emergency medicine, Neonatology, Cardiology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics and oncology. Overall bed occupancy rates vary by facility, but have significantly decreased in aggregate indicating reduced efficiency. Bed occupancy in ICU, NICU, PICU, CICU, CCU and isolation was consistently over the optimal 75 per cent during 2011.

On the insurance market side, the competitive enhanced health insurance market has increased to almost 1.05 million members. Over 50 percent of this market is held by three players Daman (31.8 percent) ADNIC insurance (14.4 percent) and Al Dhafra (7.0 percent).

Claims per member have risen from 4.58 in 2009 to 5.44 in 2011. On average payers take 47 days to remit AED 1 claimed - This has improved from 55 days in 2010 - Oman, Al Khazna and Alliance had the lowest time to remit, less than 40 days.



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