SEOUL, Oct. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – Employees of ADNOC, the largest oil company operated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as their families, will now be able to receive medical treatment at Korean hospitals.
The Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) and ADNOC signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to migrate patients, cooperate on medical services and dispense medical advice. A total of 29 major hospitals in Korea have agreed to participate in the treatment of the company’s employees and their families, based on the MOU.
The health insurance that ADNOC is paying for will also apply to Korean hospitals. To promote the new system, the Korean embassy of the UAE, KHIDI and 10 major hospitals held an event in Abu Dhabi, UAE where the head office of ADNOC is located, and in Ruwais, the location of an oil production field, treating the employees.
Until now, ADNOC has been sending its employees and their families to Germany, Japan and Thailand to receive treatment or get surgery when it is difficult for them to receive proper treatment in the UAE.
Hwang Bo-young, a KHIDI researcher who works in the UAE, reported that the employees of ADNOC and their families were satisfied with the skill and kindness of Korean medical staff. “Some even wanted Korean hospitals to receive official business licenses so that they could perform surgery here in the UAE.”
According to the Korea Tourism Organization, visitors from the UAE who came to Korea for medical purposes spent an average of 17,710,000 won. This is four times more than the average of Kazakhstan (4,560,000 won) which ranked second, and much higher than the total average (1,860,000 won).
Furthermore, the number of visitors from the UAE who visit Korea for medical purposes is more than doubling every year, reaching 2,000 in 2014.
By M.H.Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)