Future of Health Services in Saudi Arabia
The paper discusses the future of the health services in Saudi Arabia in the light of past experience. It refers to the steady development of health services and medical education in the country.
The author foresees that hospital services will be delegated gradually to the private sector. The Ministry of Health will concentrate on the issues of planning, training, standardization and preventive services.
Primary health care will continue its progress according to the fourth developmental plan. It will be a more comprehensive and extended service. The health team will take the health services out to the community, and the community will be more active in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the health services.
The colleges of medicine and the health institutes will further develop their curricula in order to prepare health workers who are skilled in comprehensive health care. Health planning will depend, in the future, on more scientific criteria like morbidity and mortality rates. The author anticipates further decentralization and regionalization of the health services system.
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