Back in March, the DoH announced that international patient care services would be suspended in order to minimise the transmission of Covid-19 while also prioritising patients’ health. Since then, patients seeking treatment abroad in Abu Dhabi have been required to submit urgent care requests through TAMM, the Abu Dhabi government service system, regardless of whether their treatment had been approved prior to the new regulation.
The DoH medical committee will determine whether an individual case is urgent, and the patient therefore requires treatment abroad. Those who do not have access to appropriate local healthcare services and whose condition is considered urgent, will be considered by the committee. The implementation of this process has now been extended by the DoH.
"Patients' health and safety remain at the forefront of our priorities and we will continue to drive our dedicated efforts that have been amplified further in these unprecedented times,” said Hind Al Zaabi, Acting Director of International Patient Care Services at DoH. “We continue to ensure that our patients have an easy access to excellent healthcare services through harnessing the benefits of technology and teleconsulting, inside and outside the UAE, and co-ordinating with consultants from leading international hospitals, with which we have established long-term relationships for the benefit and wellbeing of the community."