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By Mohammed H. Mufti

This paintings offers with the present future health coverage atmosphere, association and supply of overall healthiness companies within the country of Saudi Arabia. It discusses current financing potential, and destiny financing tools corresponding to a proposed nationwide medical health insurance software and user-changes in addition to vital strategic concerns. it really is for healthcare administrators, planners and strategists and should be of curiosity to specialists and overseas traders in future health approach reorganization.

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As will be discussed in a subsequent section, the functioning of the regional directorates is adversely affected by the lack of individual budgets and spending authority. Most expenditures must be sanctioned by the MOH, in some cases requiring more than eight different signatures by MOH officials. Any reforms must seriously explore the possibility of changing current line item budgeting systems to a global budget system for flexibility. MOH Primary Health Centers The adage “prevention is better than cure” is adopted by the MOH as the driving objective for meeting the health care needs of the population.

Communicable diseases have been brought under control, and immunization coverage for all vaccine preventable diseases is very high (Figure 3). The antenatal coverage is good, and only six percent of babies are born with low birth weights under 2,500 grams. Hygiene of the environment has improved, contributing significantly to the favorable health conditions. Seventy-eight percent of the population dispose of excreta adequately, and 95 percent have access to safe drinking water. Table 3. Health Status Indicators for Saudi Arabia (most recent years) Sources: ‘Ihe World Bank: World Development Indicators 1998; WHO: Demographic and Health Indicators for Countries ofEastern Mediterranean, 1996; KSA Ministry ofHealth, Annual Health Report 1996.

Recently, practitioners in the Kingdom have been afforded the opportunity to experience close, more continuous interaction with highly specialized facilities and professionals via tele-medicine and telepathology. The number of Saudi patients who had to be sent abroad for treatment has fallen dramatically in recent years, as the services for which they were sent abroad have become widely available in many of the Kingdom’s hospitals (public and private). The huge costs involved in sending patients abroad for treatment has constituted only one aspect of the problem for both patients and the government.

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