The UAE Government has signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) with leaders from seven hospitals in the US in a bid to ensure enhanced medical care for designated Emirati patients.

The agreements will also provide for ongoing coordination between the US hospitals as well as their counterparts in the UAE.

UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba signed the MoUs on behalf of the government and Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD).

The hospitals are Brigham and Women Hospital / Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, University of Chicago Hospitals (UCH), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), Northwestern Memorial Hospitals (NMH), Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Al Otaiba said: “Through partnerships and continued collaboration with leading US hospitals, we will not only improve access to treatment for Emirati citizens, but also help the UAE enhance its own health care infrastructure.”

Under the MoUs, sponsored Emirati patients will receive appropriate medical services in a timely manner.

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The agreements, which build on a range of existing partnerships between the UAE and US medical institutions, also provide for transportation, halal meals and interpreters to facilitate the patients’ experience in the US.

Furthermore, they include provisions with regard to follow-up care.

Health Authority Abu Dhabi acting undersecretary Mohamed Al Hameli added: “Enhancing patient experience is the main driver behind the continuous cooperation and partnerships we build in the healthcare sector.

“The agreements open doors for further exchange of expertise, strengthening national capacities and maximising efficiency of the healthcare workforce in the Emirate.”