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Medical spending in UAE one of highest in GCC

The UAE is home to more than 88 public and private hospitals, offering a little over 9,000 beds. With the UAE population estimated at 9.2 million as of 2012, there is barely one hospital bed for every 1,000 residents.

Colliers International estimated that overall, the average beds per facility for all types of hospitals in the UAE stands at 104 beds.

The public sector has done its share in meeting the healthcare needs of the population. In fact, healthcare spending in the country as a percentage of the gross domestic product (GDP) is one of the highest in the region, at 3.3 per cent.

In comparison, healthcare expenditures in Qatar, Oman and Kuwait account for only 1.9 per cent, 2.3 per cent and 2.7 per cent of the GDP, respectively.

Since 2007, the healthcare budget allocated by the UAE has nearly doubled, from $6.5 billion in 2007 to more than $12 billion in 2012, according to a Colliers report.