According to the website www.workplacedoctors.co.uk, the healthcare spending in the GCC is expected to reach more than 133.19 billion dollars in 2018. Rising population, an increase in lifestyle disease and insurance penetration contributes to the expected increase in spending.
Big names like Cleveland Clinic, which has dealt with more than 337,000 patients since its opening in 2016, and King’s College London, which is expecting to open this year, are recent addition to the numerous high-profile healthcare projects currently being undertaken both by the government and the private sector in the GCC. With such trend, opportunities had opened aimed at inviting new skills and experience to the healthcare market.
While the invitation is in place, regulators in prospective Gulf destinations need to fully recognize the applicant’s credentials. Unless one is a physician, having passed either the United States Licensing Examination, the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination, Australian Medical Council Examination, or Membership of the Royal College of Physicians/Surgeons (MRCP and MRCS), a few of the international exams recognized by the UAE health regulatory board, the applicant will be required to take and pass the UAE Medical License exams.
Prior to taking the exam, academic as well as professional credentials will have to be submitted. However, verification processes of documents to ensure they satisfy the selected country’s Professional Qualification Requirement (PQR) vary from country to country.
While GCC countries have a different set of rules for providing visas and permits, they take the same steps when it comes to certification of documents. To confirm whether the credentials submitted by the applicant is accurate and legitimate, these countries use Primary Source Verification (PSV). Primary Source Verification is the act of verifying the applicant’s documents directly from the issuing sources through a specialized international company called “Dataflow”. PSV ensures that healthcare professionals practicing in the Emirates of Dubai is legitimate and qualified.
Dataflow has an accreditation process which verifies the supporting documents submitted by the applicant, and will determine if their experience is authentic and fulfills each country’s Professional Qualification Requirement. Any Healthcare professional wishing to practice their profession in the GCC needs to complete dataflow for them to be licensed.
DataFlowPlus is a centralized service for OFWs to support them in obtaining dataflow across the GCC. In order to understand the dataflow requirements and to learn what options are available to the healthcare professionals seeking to transfer to another Gulf country looking for growth in their career, OFW Careers provides the following link.