The Health Ministry in Saudi Arabia is continuing its programme of hospital privatisation as 17 university hospitals are set to welcome private sector management in new partnership arrangements.
The Tatweer Holding Company, which operates under the ministry, is now developing operational models to transform their ownership and management – with the choice of either absorbing employees from the Civil Service Ministry or recruiting their own staff. The moves are subject to amendments to the regulations governing university hospitals.
The programme, according to the Saudi Gazette, will be based around five health companies covering all of the Kingdom’s regions and will begin in the Eastern Province, followed by Riyadh and Makkah regions.
It is hoped that the reform will help boost the efficiency of hospitals under the new healthcare companies by 25 percent by 2021.
The plan is for over a third of hospitals and primary health centres will be brought under the companies by 2020. A national purchase company will be established to ensure adequate supply of medicines and medical appliances to hospitals and health centres.
In addition, Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah issued an order to form the first health complex in Makkah with four hospitals and 11 health centers under the supervision of a consultative council at King Abdullah Medical City in Makkah.
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