Greener Journal of Medical Sciences Vol. 6 (1), pp. 001-009, March 2016.
ISSN: 2276-7797 © 2015 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 011916016
Managing Sustainable Health Care Delivery in the UAE
David Achanfuo Yeboah
Professor of Epidemiology, Abu Dhabi University.
This study examines sustainability in health care delivery in the UAE and the most effective approach to achieving this so called sustainability in health care. The study analyzes both quantitative and qualitative data to postulate that the notion that sustainability in health care delivery is based only on finance is a myth. The study argues that attaining sustainability in health care delivery is determined by numerous diverse but interrelated factors in the Emirati society. These factors transcend social (including demographic and educational factors), cultural, economic and political factors. The study contends that the existing socio-cultural, economic and political institutions in the UAE have the potential to support the achievement of sustainable health care delivery and management in the UAE. It is the conclusion of the study that sustainability in health care is achievable in the UAE but that the planning, provision and management of health care delivery are of utmost importance.
Keywords: health care, health care sustainability, UAE.
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