Saudi aims to nationalise healthcare sector as part of Vision 2030 strategy
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health plans to employ 100,000 Saudis in the health sector by 2030, it was reported on Thursday.
The news comes as the ministry releases figures showing that there is just one doctor for every 800 people in the kingdom.
As part of the Vision 2030 economic diversification strategy, the ministry has partnered with specialised educational establishments to help it reach its recruitment target, according to Arab News.
The ministry plans to implement a performance measurement system and define specifications for healthcare licences as well as provide new training opportunities.
Quoting official figures, the newspaper said there was a total of 81,532 doctors and dentists in the kingdom last year, of which 19,029 were Saudi nationals.
Of the total, 12,785 were dentists, 165,324 were nurses (37.2 percent of which were Saudis); 22,241 were pharmacists (20.6 percent Saudis) and the number of workers in assisting medical categories was 94,960, 72.6 percent of which were Saudis.
The ministry’s figures also showed that there was an average of 12.5 doctors for every 10,000 people, which means one doctor for 800 people. The global average is 2.5 per 1,000 people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) – although 44 percent of WHO member states report to have less than one physician
per 1,000 people.