Saudi Arabia: Large-Scale Developments In The Healthcare System
The Saudi health care sector is still the largest in the GCC and Near East North Africa. The Saudi market is completely dependent on imports for medical devices. Local manufacturing is still limited to consumables including bandages, gloves, syringes, and non-electrical beds.
The Saudi Government has announced new projects in the 2015 - 2016 MoH budget included the construction of 3 hospitals, 3 blood bank centers, 11 primary health care centers, and 10 care clinics. Hospital beds expected to grow to 119,000 beds by 2020.
Furthermore, investors are developing Riyadh’s Medical Village over a 250,000 sq. m. area, consisting of 60 outpatient clinics and hospitals.
The major players in the Saudi health care sector include:
Ministry of Health
Saudi Arabian National Guard
Ministry of Defense & Aviation
Ministry of Higher Education
Ministry of Interior
General Organization for Social Insurance
John Hopkins Aramco Healthcare
In addition, the Executive Board of the Health Ministers’ Council for the GCC states release annual tenders for the following items:
Renal Dialysis supplies
Oral & dental care
Orthopedic & spinal surgery
Linens & medical uniforms
Renal dialysis solutions