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15 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in the UAE

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Dec 01, 2023

Summary: The quality of medical care in the UAE is generally considered to be very good, with many hospitals and clinics offering a wide range of services. In comparison to the US, the UAE has a well-developed healthcare system with a high standard of care. Emergency services are available 24/7 and can be accessed by calling the emergency number 999. Ambulance services are also available and can be called by dialing 998.

How are healthcare services the UAE?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in the UAE, they replied:

"The UAE offers a wide range of healthcare services, ranging from private hospitals and clinics to public health centers. The public healthcare system in the UAE is generally of a high quality, with a focus on preventive care and health promotion. Foreign residents in the UAE have access to the public healthcare system, although they may need to pay for some services. Expats in the UAE can use the public healthcare system by registering with a local health center and obtaining a health card. This card allows them to access the public healthcare system and receive subsidized services," remarked one expat living in UAE.

"Advanced recon on the ground is very important. Do not expect to find the perfect doctor straight away. The American hospitals are the most expensive but usually have the best standards of care. Find a doctor whom you like and stick with that person. If your company does not provide medical insurance, there are plenty of options to receive based on budget," said one expat living in Abu Dhabi.

"The medical care in the UAE and in Dubai was mostly really good. We had a range of private and government hospitals and clinics available to us. The staff were international, as were the hospitals. There were a range of well known American, Canadian and English hospitals," mentioned one expat in Dubai.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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