The United Arab Emirates has the highest number of internationally accredited hospitals. According to an published in October, the UAE has been ranked first globally for the number of health-care establishments accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). A total of 178 hospitals, medical centres and facilities were approved by the JCI which accounts for 76 % of all hospitals. Additionally, the UAE has also been placed first in the world for the number of approved specialised centres and laboratories.
Another stated that by 2021 all healthcare facilities in the UAE must have international accreditation from recognised medical bodies either from the US, Canada or Australia. This new requirement is based on the that aims to achieve a world-class healthcare system. At the moment, nearly 70 % international accreditation has been reached and the goal is to spread that across the entire healthcare spectrum with more than 4,000 facilities including general and speciality hospitals, ambulatory services, clinics, polyclinics, and primary and tertiary care centres.
It seems that the Ministry of Health and Prevention is taking a strong stance in pursuing high quality care that will match the best in the world. Achieving and maintaining an international accreditation status will certainly advance quality and patient safety both globally and here in the United Arab Emirates.