Saudi Arabia will spend USD 331 million to build six health centers in Jizan province in the south-west of the kingdom, a senior official in Jizan's General Directorate of Health Affairs told Zawya. The Saudi health ministry has allocated USD 93.32 million for a specialty hospital with 500 beds; USD 125 million for two general hospitals with a total capacity of 500 beds; and USD 16 million for a mental hospital with 200 beds, the official said on condition of anonymity.
The other projects under this initiative include a primary health center at a cost of USD 4 million and a maternity hospital for USD 79 million; and SAR 297 million, the official said. The ministry will also support the development of the Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital with USD 13.3 million, the source said.
One of the most healthcare reformed and organized structures in the GCC
According to business consultancy Deloitte, Saudi Arabia offers one of the most healthcare reformed and organized structures in the GCC. The high domestic demand driven by a large population base and high health insurance penetration is boosting the industry growth in the kingdom, Deloitte said in research released earlier this year.
"As such, there is a need for investment across primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare services," Deloitte said, and suggested public-private partnerships to meet the needs of the Saudi healthcare sector.