The GCC’s total healthcare expenditure is forecast to triple by 2018. Healthcare spend in the region is said to be growing at a compound annual growth rate of 10.3 percent from 2010 to 2018 due to its expanding population, higher incidence of lifestyle diseases, and deeper insurance penetration.


With the UAE Healthcare sector experiencing rapid growth due to an increase in government spending and consumer demand, a number of issues arise as a result of this change. The Healthcare Committee provides an interactive and dynamic platform for UAE and German companies alike to bring up and discuss important and trending healthcare topics. It is a platform that strives to keep healthcare industry specialists informed and updated on all the latest issues and news.

Committee Chairman:

Dr. Michael Bitzer, National Health Insurance Company – Daman


Innovation and capacity planning have been discussed during the last AHK Healthcare Committee on Tuesday, 11th April 2017 in Abu Dhabi. Two representatives of the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) presented the framework and initiatives of HAAD. Paul Hetherington, Head of Planning of HAAD, presented the status quo and future projections of capacity planning in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. After a short summary of the current situation on the health market, he continues with a very detailed overview on the available capacity in each segment and highlighting potential investment opportunities.

“Abu Dhabi Award for Healthcare Innovation” was presented during the second half of the event. Dr. Dirk Richter, Senior Advisor of Quality & Monitoring Department of HAAD, introduces the new innovation network. The network is aiming to cooperate with the private sector and Abu Dhabi based government institutions (e.g. ADEC; DED etc.) The “Abu Dhabi Award for Healthcare Innovation” will be awarded in February 2018.