His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, in his capacity as Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, issued a decree as part of the process of developing the government work system in Dubai, with the aim of raising the efficiency of various vital sectors, and ensuring the provision of the finest and highest quality services, according to the best standards. International, issued Law No. (13) for the year 2021, establishing the Dubai Academic Health Corporation, as an academic health system, enjoying legal personality, financial and administrative independence, and the necessary legal capacity to engage in business and actions that ensure the achievement of its objectives. His Highness also issued Law No. (14) for the year 2021, amending some provisions of Law No. (6) of 2018, regarding the Dubai Health Authority, within the outputs of the government sector development plan, approved by His Highness, and submitted by the Higher Committee for the Development of the Government Sector, headed by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council, in an effort to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness and flexibility of the government sector, in line with the requirements of the current and future stage.
The Dubai Academic Health Corporation aims, in accordance with the new law, to improve health services in Dubai through an academic health system that ensures integration between health care, medical education and scientific research, and raises the level of efficiency and quality of health services provided, and their accessibility, in accordance with the best international standards and practices. Enhancing the sustainability of health sector services in the emirate, in order to achieve the outcomes of the health system, and contribute to supporting Dubai’s leadership in academic education and scientific research in the fields of medicine and health sciences, in a way that supports the knowledge economy.
The Foundation also aims to develop, attract and retain medical and research capabilities, promote Emiratisation in various fields of the health sector, and provide a supportive environment for carrying out scientific and clinical research, which advances the health outcomes of individuals and society, as well as contributing to raising the level of readiness and competitiveness of the Emirate in the health sector, by supporting and developing Health care and means of prevention and treatment of diseases and epidemics, in accordance with the latest health systems, and strengthening the emirate’s position as a global medical and health center, a destination for health and treatment tourism, and a leading destination in the field of medical education, research and scientific innovation.
According to the law, the institution is specialized in a number of specializations, including: developing and implementing its strategy in line with the strategy of the health sector in Dubai, ensuring the integration of health services, in order to achieve operational efficiency and effectiveness, across different levels of health care, ensuring the safety and happiness of health service recipients, and managing and operating And the development of government health facilities, which include hospitals, primary health care centers, specialized care centers, medical fitness centers, public health and occupational health, either directly or through contracting with others.
The law stipulates that the Foundation supports the knowledge economy, by promoting research and innovation, and attracting investments in health and biotechnology, in a way that contributes to achieving its goals, rehabilitating its health facilities, and the services and programs it provides, to obtain international accreditations, and preparing studies for the development of health facilities. And new programs, or expansion in the areas of providing various health services and programs, and developing and providing educational and professional programs for health cadres, such as medical education programs, residency programs, and continuing professional development programs, in a way that contributes to developing and strengthening institutional capabilities and competencies necessary to manage health facilities, programs, and organizational units. Its affiliates, organizing and participating in local and foreign medical events and conferences, in coordination with the Dubai Health Authority and the concerned authorities, and strengthening cooperation and strategic partnerships with government agencies and the private sector, to serve the objectives of the Foundation.
The law stipulates that, as of its entry into force and from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette, the following entities shall be included in the institution: the Dubai Health Care Corporation of the authority, hospitals and its affiliated organizational units, in addition to the Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai Dental Hospital, and Al Jalila Foundation. To support education and research in the medical fields, Al Jalila Children’s Specialist Hospital, and any other entity that is decided to be included in the institution in accordance with legislation issued by His Highness the Ruler of Dubai.
As of the date of enforcement of this law, and for a period of six months, the aforementioned entities retain their legal personality in accordance with the legislation establishing them, or regulating their work, and exercise their tasks and powers entrusted to them, under these legislation, under the supervision of the institution, provided that these tasks and powers do not conflict with the competencies of Enterprise. During the aforementioned period, the Dubai Academic Health Corporation may seek the assistance of the executive body of the Dubai Health Authority to assist it in providing administrative and technical support services to the institution.
Law No. (14) of 2021 amending some provisions of Law No. (6) of 2018, regarding the Dubai Health Authority, provided for the replacement of the texts of Articles (2), (5), (6), (9), (10). and (11) of the original law, with new texts related to the authority’s objectives and terms of reference, in addition to the competencies of the Director General of the Dubai Health Authority, as well as the institutions affiliated to the authority and its executive body.
In accordance with the new text of the amended Article (5) of the original law, the authority aims to: regulate the health sector to ensure competitiveness, operational efficiency, transparency and quality of services and products in accordance with approved policies and the highest international standards, organize health insurance programs and services in the emirate for citizens, residents and visitors, and improve these programs and services To the highest international standards, developing investment policies in the health sector in Dubai, promoting and supporting innovation, foreseeing the future in all health fields, employing smart technologies, including smart health, promoting the health and safety of society, protecting it from diseases, epidemics and health risks, and enhancing the emirate’s emergency readiness. and crises.
According to the new amendment, Article (6) stipulates the jurisdiction of the Dubai Health Authority, to regulate the health sector in all parts of the emirate, including special development zones, and free zones, including the Dubai International Financial Centre, and the authority undertakes all tasks and competencies related to policies, legislation, regulation and licensing. And the supervision and inspection of the health sector, and the authority, on the date of this law becoming effective, replaces the authority of Dubai Medical City in exercising the functions and competencies stipulated in this law, provided that it has, in order to achieve its goals, the tasks and powers of preparing comprehensive strategic plans related to the health sector in the emirate and supervising their implementation And preparing and supervising the implementation of the necessary strategies to improve health care services, in line with the strategic plan of the Emirate of Dubai, in coordination with the Dubai Academic Health Corporation and the concerned authorities.
The Dubai Health Authority, in accordance with the amended article, is also responsible for conducting studies and research related to the emirate’s need for health and medical services, working to align investment projects in the health sector with the results of these studies and research, developing the requirements for practicing the profession for establishments and individuals, and permitting individuals and government and private establishments to practice the profession. The profession in the Emirate, as well as monitoring and inspection of health facilities and the professionals working in them, to ensure their compliance with the approved standards, regulations and controls, developing a medical education strategy in Dubai, organizing the provision of medical education services, conducting research and medical experiments, in coordination with the concerned authorities inside and outside the country, and preparing and developing policies Investment in the health sector in the Emirate of Dubai.
The law stipulates that the Dubai Health Authority shall develop public health programs and policies, including policies for preventive medicine and occupational health and safety services, assess and monitor the health status of the population, develop and follow up on the implementation of strategic policies and programs, and research and studies necessary to improve the health status, and protect members of society from diseases. and health risks, as well as measuring the quality of health care services in the emirate, following up on performance development, submitting periodic reports to the Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai, regulating and approving the prices of health services in the emirate, in coordination with the concerned authorities, studying and proposing draft legislation regulating the health sector, and submitting recommendations thereon to the relevant authorities concerned.
The powers of the Dubai Health Authority, according to the new text, included preparing and developing policies, strategies and legislation related to smart health, working to implement them in coordination with the institution and concerned authorities in the emirate, organizing the operations of sending patients to obtain health care in health facilities inside and outside the country, and organizing and managing health tourism. In the Emirate, in coordination with the concerned authorities.
As well as preparing, managing, developing and implementing policies related to health insurance systems, monitoring and inspection of facilities practicing any of their related activities in Dubai, establishing a database for the health sector, health care services and patients at the emirate level, and updating and developing it periodically, in coordination with the Dubai Academic Health Corporation, and the Department of Organizing and authorizing the media content of health advertisements in the emirate, controlling and supervising them, and establishing, managing and operating an integrated health information system in accordance with international health and medical standards, in partnership and cooperation with the Corporation and the private sector.
The authority may entrust the authority of Dubai Healthcare City, or any public or private entity, to perform any of the functions entrusted to it under the provisions of this law, pursuant to an agreement concluded with it in this regard.
Article (9) of the new law stipulates that the Dubai Health Authority shall have a director general to be appointed by a decree issued by His Highness the Ruler of Dubai, while the article also specified the duties and powers of the director general.
Institutions affiliated with the Authority
According to Article (10) of the law, the Dubai Health Authority shall have, within its organizational structure, a group of institutions that carry out their work in the fields related to the health sector, and they are affiliated with the authority, and a decree is issued for its establishment and defining its terms of reference from His Highness the Ruler of Dubai, and each institution has The aforementioned, an executive director appointed by a decision issued by the Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai, based on the recommendation of the Director General of the Dubai Health Authority.
Articles (7) and (8) of Law No. (6) of 2018 regarding the Dubai Health Authority, as well as any provision in any other legislation to the extent that it contradicts the provisions of this law, are repealed. Law No. (13) of 2021 and Law No. (14) of the same year are published in the Official Gazette, and they come into force from the date of their publication.
■ Raise the level of efficiency and quality of the health services provided.
■ Enhancing Dubai’s position as a global medical and health center, and a destination for health and medical tourism.
■ Raise Dubai’s readiness and competitiveness in the health sector, and support and develop health care and means of prevention and treatment.
■ Provide a supportive environment for carrying out scientific and clinical research to advance the health outcomes of individuals and society.
curative and preventive health services
The Dubai Academic Health Corporation is specialized in providing curative and preventive health services, medical fitness examination services, and occupational health examination services in all parts of the emirate, including special development areas, and free zones, including the Dubai International Financial Centre. Others to provide some administrative services related to medical fitness and occupational health, and to provide health services to various segments of society, at reasonable and appropriate prices, in accordance with international health and medical standards.
• The Corporation authorizes third parties to provide administrative services related to medical fitness.
Board of Directors of “Dubai Health Academy”
The law establishing the Dubai Academic Health Corporation stipulates that the corporation shall have a board of directors, consisting of a president and vice-chairman, and members with experience and expertise in the field of work of the corporation, who are appointed by a decree issued by His Highness the Ruler of Dubai, in addition to an executive director appointed by a decision of the Chairman of the Executive Council For the Emirate of Dubai, based on the recommendation of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
The law defines the functions of the board of directors and the executive director of the institution, its financial resources, control and audit mechanisms, the issuance of executive decisions, transfer procedures and solutions, and the reconciliation of situations.
• The law defines the functions of the board of directors and the executive director of the institution.
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