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Saudi plans new health scheme

New proposals aim to improve healthcare, establish regional boards to coordinate services.

Saudi Arabia is poised to launch a new health plan for the kingdom, designed to improve services to the public.

The national health plan has been two years in the planning is in the final stages of preparation, said Health Minister Hamad Al-Manie.

Manie said in comments published by Arab News on Friday that the plan was designed to coordinate the work among service providers, financiers and beneficiaries.

According to the proposals, the ministry will have a board in each health region to evaluate and supervise the implementation of public health care services.

Manie told the paper that 40 new hospitals will be completed by the end of the year.

A coordinating body would be set up to monitor the services of the hospitals throughout the kingdom and a national health fund would also be set up this year, he added.

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