Hospitals in the UAE plan to outsource diagnostic services to medical equipment leasing companies to reduce capital investment for new hospital projects.

Highly priced medical equipment and the economic downturn have encouraged hospitals in the region to consider joint ownership of mobile medical equipment units or outsource diagnostic services, Emirates Business reports.

Once approved by the UAE healthcare authorities, hospitals are expected to outsource expensive medical diagnostic services such as X-rays, scanning and other laboratory jobs, the news service said.