Cedars-Sinai announced Friday it has joined the U.S.-United Arab Emirates Business Council to better provide care for patients traveling from the United Arab Emirates for specialized care and to develop stronger ties with private and public healthcare organizations in the Persian Gulf region.

The council will help Cedars-Sinai provide guidance and culturally appropriate care to Emirati patients, fostering better access to healthcare services, the institution said in a statement.

Patients will benefit from improved access, care coordination and guidance on navigating the complex relationship between international governments, insurance companies and healthcare providers, said Dr. Heitham Hassoun, vice president and medical director of the Cedars-Sinai Center for International Health.

“We are advocates and liaisons for our international patients,” Hassoun said.

Cedars-Sinai treats about 1,200 international patients from more than 80 countries each year, about one-third of whom come from Persian Gulf countries. The Center for International Health aims to improve access to healthcare services to these patients and others around the world, and to create global collaborations in the fields of medicine and research, the statement said.

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