• Health

    OBG reviews the government and private health sectors highlighting opportunities for international medical providers to enter local markets. Overall spending, ratios of medical staff, facilities per capita and project spending plans are analysed. Health tourism also comes under scrutiny where relevant.
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Articles & Analysis | Mega-projects boost hospital capacity in Kuwait from The Report: Kuwait 2015


Kuwait’s overall development strategy is contained in a government plan known as Kuwait Vision 2035. Health care forms a big part of Vision 2035, with the government placing belief in the relationship between a healthy economy and a healthy workforce.

Articles & Analysis | Kuwaiti government goves health care a sustainable future from The Report: Kuwait 2015


Health care needs in Kuwait are evolving rapidly in line with its changing economic and population profile. The government is looking to target resources more appropriately, and the private sector looks set to take on a greater role in health care provision.

Chapter | Health from The Report: Kuwait 2015

Kuwait’s rapidly changing demographic profile and increased prosperity have given rise to various lifestyle changes that have fuelled a rise in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases. To counter this, and to free up public resources for healthy living initiatives, the government is encouraging greater private sector involvement in the sector, starting with provision of health care for...

Articles & Analysis | Medical education and training investment to aid workforce Saudiisation from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015


The rapid expansion of the health care system in Saudi Arabia has increased demand for health workers, from doctors and nurses to hospital administrators and pharmacists. As part of the Kingdom’s ongoing transformation into a knowledge-based economy, and with a view towards the sector’s long-term sustainability, the government is investing...

Articles & Analysis | Saudi Arabia's efforts to digitise services under the government’s e-health initiative from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015


As part of efforts to make health care spending more efficient, the government is forging ahead with a number of digitisation initiatives under the banner of its electronic health, or e-health, programme. The need for such a strategy has been precipitated by a “perfect storm demanding continued transformation in health care”, according to...

Articles & Analysis | The market share of local pharmaceuticals manufacturers increasing in Saudi Arabia from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015


Over the past decade, Saudi Arabia has successfully promoted the development of local pharmaceuticals manufacturing, with their share of the market rising from 14% to 18% between 2008 and 2012. Many of these companies started as sole importers and distributors of pharmaceuticals, and went on to develop their capabilities, in some cases by...