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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 19-23

Health care services in Saudi Arabia: Past, present and future


1 Shourah Council, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Medical School, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3 Joint Program of Family and Community Medicine, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Waleed A Milaat
P.O. Box 984, Jeddah 21421
Saudi Arabia
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Health services in Saudi Arabia have developed enormously over the last two decades, as evidenced by the availability of health facilities throughout all parts of the vast Kingdom. The Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) provides over 60% of these services while the rest are shared among other government agencies and the private sector. A series of development plans in Saudi Arabia have established the infra­structure for the expansion of curative services all over the country. Rapid development in medical education and the training of future Saudi health manpower have also taken place. Future challenges facing the Saudi health system are to be addressed in order to achieve the ambitious goals set by the most recent health development plan. These include the optimum utilization of current health resources with competent health managerial skills, the search for alternative means of financing these services, the maintenance of a balance between curative and preventive services, the expansion of training Saudi health manpower to meet the increasing demand, and the implementation of a comprehensive primary health care program.


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