What’s new in Oman’s healthcare industry?

27 Sep 2018
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Burjeel Hospital is paving the way for healthcare in the Sultanate with a forward-thinking approach to accessing medical services.

Oman’s healthcare expenditure is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.1 per cent to US$4.9 billion (RO1.9bn) in 2022, according to the GCC Healthcare Industry report published by Alpen Capital.

Apart from indicators such as strong economic performance, rising population and increased prevalence of chronic diseases; significant growth within Oman’s healthcare industry over the recent years is also believed to being facilitated by a rapid growth of private hospitals.

A notable entry into Oman has been Burjeel Hospital, which has established itself as a premium healthcare provider in the Sultanate.

“Burjeel Hospital belongs to VPS Healthcare and the group has three hospitals and two medical centres in Oman. We started our first hospital in Sohar in 2011 and another the following year in Salalah,” said Dr. Rohil Raghavan, CEO of VPS Healthcare in Oman.

Located within the commercial hub of Al Khuwair, Burjeel Hospital offers a 7-star hospitality experience to meet the demands and expectations of today’s locals and residents.

“We have set a benchmark in Oman in terms of the standard of private healthcare that is on a par with or even more than renowned international hospitals,” Dr Raghavan said.

Over the past five years, there has been a 56-per cent drop in the number of patients that were sent abroad for treatment and, according to Dr. Raghavan, the aim is to make Burjeel the one-stop shop.

“The health system in Oman is improving every year. At Burjeel, we now have a broader variety of specialties. Our aim is to make Burjeel the one-stop shop for all treatment and this will rapidly reduce the number of people travelling abroad,” he explained.

On the strategic role played by private medical providers, Dr. Raghavan believes that Oman faces an increasing demand for healthcare, both for preventative and interventional services.

“Like every other country, the cost of providing healthcare continues to rise significantly, as new diagnostic equipments, treatment protocols, medications and highly-skilled staff are needed,” he noted.

With the government planning a compulsory insurance policy for both Omanis and expats, Dr. Raghavan said it will further improve the quality of the healthcare sector in Oman.

“I am sure the mandatory health insurance will be a revolution. As of now only a fraction of Omanis and expats in the private sector are covered for medical insurance. The medical care for all will not only strengthen the health sector but also improve the quality provided to these patients.”

Next month, Burjeel, in collaboration with its VPS partner Lakeshore Hospital in India, plans to open the first medical oncology service in the private sector.

Dr Raghavan added: “They (Lakeshore Hospital) will be setting the protocols for us. We already have doctors on board to start the service. An Omani patient who goes to Lakeshore Hospital for treatment can continue their oncology service at Burjeel Hospital. The Oncology care has been given a lot of emphasis by our Group with a production line of oncology medicines.”

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