Abu Dhabi’s health care sector has witnessed significant expansion in recent years, with health services improving and an increasing number of hospitals, clinics and specialised facilities coming on-line. Both private and public entities are investing heavily in the sector, ensuring a steady stream of new facilities. However, while new and high-tech facilities are improving access to and quality of care, the sector continues to be challenged by high incidences of lifestyle-related illnesses. Like the rest of the world, the sector came under additional pressure in early 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, though the authorities were quick to respond with a series of measures designed to slow the spread of the virus. The government has rolled out a number of public-private partnerships to assist with the sector’s expansion. Recent trends have included greater digitisation and innovation, and the development of the medical tourism segment.
This chapter contains an interview with Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed Al Hamed, Chairman, Department of Health.