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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55-57

Upstream investment in health care: National and Regional perspectives

1 King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Qassim, Saudi Arabia
2 Directorate of Health Affairs, Qassim, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohamed Khalil
Medical Education and Research Center (MERC), King Fahad Specialist Hospital, P.O. Box 2290, Qassim
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 23012073

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Since the burden of disease has shifted towards non-communicable diseases and public health management, there is a greater need to direct resources to address risk factors of the diseases rather than the diseases themselves. The downstream agenda focused on treatment services and is still an important problem at the level of national health management. Much has been accomplished in preventive programs for infectious diseases in Saudi Arabia but a great deal more is needed to combat non-communicable diseases. While a national non-communicable diseases program is being established in the Kingdom, more advanced pilot projects of NCD can be started in the regions. A model for cardiovascular diseases in Qassim will be presented.

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