The University of Chicago Medicine recently signed an agreement to provide specialized medical treatment to patients from the United Arab Emirates. This makes UChicago Medicine one of seven United States preferred healthcare providers that will serve Emirati patients. In addition to providing care in the US, UChicago Medicine will also ensure that Emirati patients receiving medical attention in the US will continue receiving care after they leave the country.
UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba remarked on the benefits of this partnership: “These institutions provide ‘best in class’ care and treatment for patients. Through partnerships and continued collaboration with leading U.S. hospitals, we will not only improve access to treatment for Emirati citizens, but also help the UAE enhance its own health care infrastructure.”
UChicago’s agreement with the UAE adds to a decade-long legacy of providing the best quality care for Emirati patients. The agreement, signed by Mr. Al Otaiba and Sharon O’Keefe, the president of the University of Chicago Medical Center, will see that this care goes above and beyond in meeting patient expectations.
The other six hospitals within the preferred provider network are Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Cincinnati Children’s, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.
In April 2018, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) signed an agreement with the UAE that will allow for Emirati children to receive expert medical care. This agreement will also give Emirati healthcare professionals the chance to obtain their residency in the United States and take their skillset back to the UAE once they are certified.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba is eager to see how these partnerships and collaborations will unfold. In addition to new healthcare opportunities, this agreement will also open new doors for medical education in both the UAE and the US.