Public health conditions in Saudi Arabia have worsened over the past years despite massive budgetary allocations by the government to health services.
Healthcare utilization has increased due to rapid pace of urbanization, changing lifestyles, economic growth and the resulting increase in road accidents and other incidents of sickness.
Hospital admission rates increased from 10.5 per cent in 2000 to 12.1 per cent in 2008, with average length of stay at 6.2 days.
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This article was listed in the in 20 December, 2010 issue of the PHM Emerging Markets Healthcare News Feed.
This article is a further illustration of the challenges Saudi Arabia has with its social and economic realities.
The Soviet influenced countries spent great amounts of resources to assure vibrant and expanding healthcare systems. The need to appease the population(s) was well understood.
Saudi Arabia, the case can be made, is in a race against time. The Soviets lost that race due to their inability to sustain economic control. Saudi Arabia’s loss may well be due to trying to maintain social control………HK