By Andy Sambidge
Gulf kingdom to build advanced therapeutic and preventive centre to treat cancer patients
Bahrain said on Tuesday it has issued orders to build a major new healthcare project to treat patients suffering from cancer and chronic diseases.
Bahrain's Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa issued instructions to set up an advanced therapeutic and preventive centre.
The facility, which will serve people across the GCC, will include specialised research centres for early detection of cancer and other diseases and will have direct contact with key world medical and research centres, Bahrain News Agency reported.
The announcement came as the PM chaired a meeting dedicated to the Gulf kingdom’s health plans and programmes, it added.
During the meeting, he instructed the health minister, Sadiq bin Abdulkarim Al Shehabi, to submit a proposal to establish the centre on behalf of Bahrain during the next meeting of the GCC health ministers.
Last month, it was reported that the GCC's total healthcare expenditure is forecast to triple by 2018, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.
Healthcare spend in the region in 2011 was estimated to be $46.12bn and this is expected to reach $133.19bn in 2018, the report said.
Frost & Sullivan said healthcare spending in the GCC is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.3 percent from 2010 to 2018 due to its expanding population, higher incidence of lifestyle diseases, and deeper insurance penetration.