• 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 | Building up: New facilities fortify the health care infrastructure from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015

 

The public health sector has a budget of SR108bn ($28.8bn) for 2014, and across the country new medical facilities are being built. In the budget, the Saudi government announced that 16 new hospitals had been completed in 2013. Construction of another 132 facilities is already under way, and work will start on 11 new hospitals, two medical...

Articles & Analysis | Going high-tech: Using advanced systems to improve care from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015

 

A radio-wave monitoring system that enables new mothers to ensure they leave the hospital with the right baby, a photo-sharing service for X-rays and an infectious disease alert service are among the dozens of new information technology (IT) services being used by medical practitioners in Saudi Arabia today. With record spending on health care...

Articles & Analysis | Putting technology to use: Supporting research and rolling out new treatment options from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015

 

While the sheer scale of its hospital building programme is testament to the increase in the quantity of the Kingdom’s health facilities, money is also being spent on improving the quality of services. New cutting-edge facilities are being created to put the most recent technology to use and advances are being made in research in both medicine...

Articles & Analysis | Spin-offs: Turning research discoveries into new businesses from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015

 

Wealth creation and job opportunities may be far from the minds of academics embarking on research, but scientific experiments can produce unexpected economic benefits. This was certainly the case in 1982, when a Saudi science project on prawns spawned a firm that now occupies 250 sq km and employs 2500 people. Thirty years after it was...

Articles & Analysis | The market for medical goods: Rules and regulations for health care equipment from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015

 

With the health care and pharmaceuticals sectors worth $18.3bn and $5.1bn in 2012 and 2013, respectively, according to reports from Alpen Capital, Saudi Arabia is a key target market for international businesses operating in both spheres. Statistics from the European Commission (EC), demonstrate the rapid growth in pharmaceutical exports from...

Articles & Analysis | Better services for all: Leveraging local human capital and international expertise to improve the quality and availability of care from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015

 

Government expenditure on health and social care in Saudi Arabia has more than doubled in the last five years. In 2014 the state health sector will receive SR108bn ($28.8bn), as compared to the SR52.3bn ($13.94bn) earmarked for 2009. The year-on-year increase in budget allocation is 8%, the second highest of any sector reported, and its share...