Healthcare and medical care
The United Arab Emirates have a state-funded public healthcare system as well as a growing private healthcare sector. The standard of healthcare services varies considerably. When travelling to the Arab Emirates, you should take out comprehensive travel insurance. Travel insurance should also cover an air ambulance if needed.
Short-term treatment can be provided to foreigners, too, in public city hospitals free of charge. Private hospitals are expensive. Private dental care can be of a high standard but prices are at the Finnish level, at least.
Some tourist hotels in Dubai have their own doctor. The fees of a hotel doctor are paid in cash or by credit card. You can seek reimbursement from your insurance company afterwards on submission of receipts. Always take your passport and travel insurance document, for example, a travel insurance card, with you when using healthcare services.
If you are health insured in Finland, and have received treatment in some other country than an EU or EEA country or Switzerland on account of a sudden illness, worsening of a chronic condition, pregnancy or childbirth, you can apply for reimbursement from Kela retrospectively. You are entitled for the same reimbursement that you would have received if you had been treated in the private healthcare system in Finland. Please note that the reimbursement usually covers only a small part of the costs of the treatment. Thus, taking out a comprehensive travel insurance is recommended.
In Dubai, most pharmacies are open from Saturday to Thursday between 9 am and 1 pm and between 4 pm and 10 pm. On Fridays the pharmacies are open between 4 pm and 10 pm. Some pharmacies are open 24 hours a day.
Medicines can be expensive in the Arab Emirates. Falsified medical products can also occur.