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The UAE Healthcare System: Challenges Of The UAE Health Care System

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Challenges of the UAE Health Care System The Ministry of Health (MOH) and its great efforts to provide good health services have developed the health care system of the UAE throughout the years. Nowadays, the UAE has a high standard in both of public and private health care facilities. Also, it has one of the most developed health care sectors in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. However, the UAE health care system is still facing some problems and challenges such as, the shortage of doctors and hospital beds. The prevalence of some common diseases in the UAE like the diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and hypertension is a very serious problem, too. In the following paragraphs, I will show why they are considered as challenges to the…show more content…
It is a serious disease in which the body cannot control the amount of sugar or glucose in the blood because it doesn’t have enough insulin. In 2000, WHO reported that 13.5% of the UAE population was diabetic (WHO, 2010). Nowadays, the UAE is the second highest country in the proportion of diabetes rate in the world (Grant, Katherine, & Jason, 2013). The main reason behind this large percentage of diabetes in UAE is the people’s unhealthy lifestyle such as, eating fast food and lack of exercise. ‘More than 300,000 people in the UAE have diabetes but do not know that they have the condition’ (Bell, 2013). Undiagnosed diabetes can cause many serious problems such as, cardiovascular diseases, kidney deterioration, leg amputation and blindness (Bell, 2013). Hypertension is another health problem that can be caused by diabetes. Patients who have diabetes are susceptible to hypertension more than others. The high blood pressure affects the function of the heart and vessels, which makes it a major factor of the cardiovascular diseases. In the UAE, the hypertension is known as “silent killer” because of the high percentage of Emirati citizens who suffer from hypertension, which is estimated to be about 36.6% (Saberi,
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