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Providing high-quality specialist healthcare locally, hospitals in Oman have begun to stand out as an alternative for locals and expats that used to go overseas for medical treatments.

K. P. Raman

Chairman, Al Hayat International Hospital

Al Hayat International Hospital excels in certain specialties such as cardiology, orthopedics, and internal medicine. We want to make gastroenterology one of our priorities in 2022 and bring in new experienced Omani staff, as gastroenterology is an important field. In the last two decades, there have been many new procedures and advancements, and we want to make them available in private healthcare. In 2022, we will also add gynecology, obstetrics, and pediatrics in mother and child health as a priority and make that a center of excellence. Most of the hospitals here focus on expats, whereas we have focused on Omanis since the beginning. Some 85% of our patients are Omanis, which is a unique perspective. Second, we have the maximum number of senior doctors offering their services. We sought to create a teaching atmosphere in our hospital and train junior doctors in our hospital and other hospitals. We are not merely focused on offering services to patients, but also to junior doctors and medical students. We must utilize the services of local talents. Today, most of the departments are headed by Omani doctors, while the expat doctors are at mid and lower levels.

Sameer PT

CEO, Badr Al Samaa Group of Hospitals

October marked our 20th anniversary. We went from one hospital to 13 units, and we plan to keep growing. We developed six hospitals and seven polyclinics, and we are coming with another three more. What we are following here is unique. First, we focus more on the patients, and we want our services to be affordable. If we compare the total number of patients treated by the other private hospitals in the area, the figure is half of ours; however, we do not compromise on quality. We are the only private hospital with an American and Australian accreditation. In the global healthcare industry, there is a lack of resources and skilled talent. Healthcare centers have an opportunity to bring in highly skilled international healthcare professionals from different countries. We have a mix of doctors, from India, Iran, Pakistan, as well as Bangladesh. We have to been successful in bringing in experts from all over the world. The government is planning to develop an instrument for compulsory insurance, which will help move the healthcare industry in a different direction. Once this insurance comes here to the market, it will be necessary for us to increase our presence further.

Farhan Yasin

Regional Director Kerala & Oman Cluster, Aster Al Raffah Hospitals & Clinics

Aster brand has been aligned with Oman’s vision since its inception, establishing itself as a brand with high medical standards. This was evident during the pandemic, wherein we provided screening camps in Oman in our mobile clinic bus. Aster Al Raffah Hospital was internationally recognized with The Global Economics awards for best community engagement in 2021 for these efforts. Throughout Muscat, in association with MOH we delivered the highest number of vaccinations as a part of mass vaccination drive. As our facilities upgrade, we will be able to provide a higher standard of care to our patients. In Oman, Aster DM Healthcare has been providing healthcare services for the last 13 years and operates in four distinct regions: Muscat, Sohar, Ibri, and Salalah. Every region has a hospital and several medical centers associated with them. As we open the flagship hospital Aster Royal in Muscat, our total hospital count grows to five totaling 425 inpatient beds, eight clinics, and 11 pharmacies. Our upcoming Aster Royal Hospital will have a floor dedicated to women’s care, with delivery rooms, 11 inpatient rooms, four LDR, one operation theater, and a pre- and post-operative recovery room, the first of its kind in the Sultanate.



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