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The Health Statistics communication,
published annually since 2008, reports on
population trends, public health highlights,
and investor developments. Three key areas
of interest include performance of the
Emirate in managing access, cost and quality
of healthcare.
Andrey Timoshkin, Head of Statistics and
Modeling at HAAD said: “According to the
data provided by healthcare entities, in 2012
the Abu Dhabi’s Health insurance system
covered 2.58 million people. There were
12.8 million clinical episodes (~12% more
than in 2011) in which 67 million clinical
activities were performed. Health services
were provided by 5,528 physicians, 969
dentists, 12,375 nurses, 4,319 allied health
professionals and 1,993 pharmacists in 1,508
licensed healthcare facilities. The number
of healthcare facilities has been steadily
growing since 2007, the highest growth
being among Clinics (10.9%) and Centres
The statistics show that road traffic accidents
account for the highest death rate out of the
total injury deaths in Abu Dhabi. The latter
account for 10.4% of all registered death
cases in 2012.
Cardiovascular diseases cause over a quarter
of deaths in 2012. Adult Nationals were
screened for cardiovascular risk factors
in 2008 and early analysis of the results
showed obesity rates of 33% for males and
38% for females and high proportions of
people at risk of diabetes and hypertension
among UAE Nationals over the age of 15.
Additionally, cancer has caused 13.9% of all
deaths in the Emirate in 2012.
The Investor Highlights section of The
Health Statistics 2012 report that an
aggressive growth in demand is expected
for services relating to lifestyle diseases like
diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer,
with larger volume increases in outpatient
Lina Jichi, Head of Health Financing
Advisory and Monitoring at HAAD said, “In
addition to disease prevalence rates, Health
Abu Dhabi –December 10, 2013: Speaking at a press
conference announcing the release of The Health Statistics
for Abu Dhabi Emirate for the year 2012, Mr. Hadher Al
Muhairi, Director of Strategy at Health Authority – Abu
Dhabi (HAAD), the regulatory body of the healthcare sector
in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, said: “The Health Statistics
publication present a clear picture of the past and present
situation in the healthcare sector in the Emirate, which
helps us make regulatory decisions and track the progress
in achieving and monitoring improvements and closing
gaps in the healthcare sector.”
Statistics 2012 presents health financial
information in the Emirate covering the
three types of insurance products: Thiqa,
Enhanced and Basic, which helps insurance
companies and health service providers to
improve their financial plans and increase
efficiency. Now they can compare their
performance against other entities in terms
of number of claims, average claim amount
and how quickly their claims are paid, to
identify any room for improvement and
guarantee their business sustainability. In
addition, member premiums and benefits
are tracked to give an overview of how
affordable health insurance in Abu Dhabi
is and what benefits are available for the
member. In 2012, the average annual
premium for the Enhanced product
member remained flat around 3,000 AED.”
The competitive Enhanced health insurance
market has increased to almost 1.36
million members, while some of the payers
reported Enhanced members from other
Emirates. On average payers take 46 days
to remit claims, this has improved from 55
and 47 days in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
After two years of significant increase,
claims per member have risen slightly from
6.1 in 2011 to 6.3 in 2012 which indicates
the beginning of stable utilization per
member for health services. In correlation
with the increase of member count, we
see an increase in admissions from 133
thousand in 2011 to 166 thousand in
2012; and a continuing upward trend in
outpatient claims, increasing from 10
million in 2009, 13 million in 2010, 15
million in 2011, to 17 million in 2012.
In terms of supply, there has been a 13%
growth in the number of physicians and
dentists and an 11% of growth in facilities.
Physician productivity indicates, however,
that there are reserves within existing
facilities. High demand projections also
indicate that in 2021 demand for inpatient
services may require 1,300 additional
beds beyond the current beds. The actual
number will depend on the growth
of population, efficiency of providers
and the healthcare needs of particular
communities. However, investors hold
more than 40 preliminary hospital licenses,
which signal significant future capacity to
meet this demand.
There is a critical capacity gap in Intensive
& Critical Care Medicine, and overall
gaps remain in Emergency Medicine,
Neonatology, Cardiology, Psychiatry,
Paediatrics and Oncology. Significant
new capacity is however anticipated in
Paediatrics and Gynecology. Overall bed
occupancy rates vary by facility, but have
significantly decreased in aggregate terms
indicating less than optimal efficiency.
Bed occupancy in ICU, NICU, PICU,
CICU, CCU and isolation wards was,
consistently over the optimal 75% during
2012 indicating capacity shortages in these
specialized areas.
Addressing capacity gaps issues, Paul
Hetherington, Senior Advisor, Healthcare
Strategy said, “HAAD launched in 2010
for the first time its Capacity Master
Plan that defines how health services
should be organized in the future. It takes
into account the analysis of the current
provision of healthcare and projected
future healthcare needs. The Capacity
Master Plan identifies gaps in capacity and
makes recommendations on how to close
them. This third revision provides a higher
level of granularity relating to capacity
gaps, both at specialty/subspecialty level
and geographical level (region and district).
The revised report also provides greater
insight into the future projected demand
for healthcare and the plans to address
A key focus of the plan is to provide
information that encourages and stimulates
investment and innovation in healthcare
that will help close the gaps in capacity at
both specialty and geographical levels for
the benefit of Abu Dhabi residents.
For a full copy of the 2012 Health Statistics
and Capacity Master Plan please visit www.
Jan/Feb 2014