Dubai Healthcare City/ photo: hospital
Moving to the Middle East, the emirate of Dubai is famous for its luxury beachfront hotels, shopping and over-the-top towers. No surprise that its medical services aren’t left behind. Launched in 2002, Dubai Healthcare City (www. dhcc. ae ) is the world’s “first health-care free-zone” and aims to become an “internationally recognised location of choice for quality healthcare and… research”. Still up to a third more expensive than its counterparts in Asia (which explains why many Emiratis flock to Malaysian and other Asian hospitals for surgery), Dubai’s rates are competitive when compared with Europe – and the city is tax-free.
A word of warning. Do your homework before you fly. Asia is home to many top international-standard hospitals, but if you don’t choose well, your “medical holiday” could end in disaster. In the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, for example, there are thousands of unlicensed centres offering all sorts of plastic surgery. Don’t fall for it. That cut-price procedure might just be the final cut.
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