DHA plans to develop “Certificate of Need” guidelines
The policies will help map out investment opportunities in the health sector.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) held a workshop recently with the private sector to receive their input and feedback prior to developing a “Certificate of Need” (CON) policies and guidelines. The workshop took place during the Dubai Healthcare Investors’ Forum that was held recently at the Hyatt Regency, Creek Hotel and was supported by Advention Business Partners and Taylor Wessing.
The CON guidelines will help further bolster the health sector and promote need-based investments so that there is equilibrium in the sector and to avoid imbalances in supply and demand in health services. The move also aims to provide patients with access to a wide range of medical specialties.
Last year, DHA launched a comprehensive Health Investment Guide, which provides in-depth details of demand, supply, which includes future supply, and gaps in the health sector.
The investment guide helps promote investment in need-based areas and supports investors. Now, adding CON guidelines and policies will provide further clarity to investors and help them invest in areas of priority and need.
Dr. Marwan Al Mulla, CEO of Health Regulation at the DHA highlighted the growth of the health sector over the last few years. He said that currently there are 37 hospitals in the Emirate and nine are under construction.
Fatima Abbas, CEO of Strategy and Corporate Development at the DHA said, “The CON programme will support and guide investments with the right calibre to deliver quality services. Through this programme we will make investors aware of where the opportunities are and will provide incentives in areas where investment needs exist and where CON requirements are met. This will limit oversupply of specialised services and protect investors who have invested significantly into specialised services.”
Dr. Ibtesam Al Bastaki, Director, Investments & PPPs (public-private partnership) at the DHA added, “We believe that the CON programme will enable and ensure stability and sustainability of quality of care being provided for complex medical services. Investments generated through the CON programme will also lead to improvement in coverage for under-supplied services. We will work closely with the private sector to implement these guidelines and policies with an aim to further help develop the sector, keeping access to specialised services and patient experience as priority.”