File - The American health care institution Cleveland Clinic is seen at Al-Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi.
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Early next year the Cleveland Clinic plans to open an ultra-modern, 364-bed specialty hospital on Al-Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, one of the most ambitious forays into the oil-rich country by a U.S. health care brand.Cleveland Clinic's chief executive officer, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, said the move will help bring in new revenue.The Cleveland Clinic's reputation could suffer if it fails to deliver the same quality of care overseas, Cosgrove said. As a result, 70 percent of the 150 doctors it has hired are from North America, including many who have worked at the Cleveland Clinic. While the Cleveland Clinic has been approached by nearly 70 other countries interested in importing its brand, Cosgrove said he would see how the Abu Dhabi venture performs before considering further expansion. Medical tourism peaked in 2000, when 4,100 foreign patients traveled to the Cleveland Clinic for so-called concierge treatment.In 2012 the Cleveland Clinic saw 3,200 international patients, about 35 percent of them from the Middle East.More than 4,000 physicians applied to join the Cleveland Clinic's new venture.
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