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Understanding Saudi Arabia’s Regional Health Markets

  • December 2013
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  • Espicom Business Intelligence
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  • 170 pages

Saudi Arabia is the 43rd most populated country in the world, with a population of 29mn (according to estimates for 2012). Made up of nationals, an important expatriate population and an estimated 2mn illegal immigrants, Saudi Arabia's healthcare market is split between public and a growing private sector. It is also put to the test at key times in the Islamic calendar, when Muslim pilgrims travel to key holy sites across the country.

We have divided Saudi Arabia into five regions, and the key highlights from each region's healthcare market are outlined below:

Central region - The central region of Saudi Arabia - which we define as being formed of the province of Riyadh (home to the capital city, of the same name), Ha'il, and Qaseem, had an estimated population of 9.2mn in 2013. Riyadh, both the city and the province of the same name, is often a starting point for healthcare providers keen to enter the Saudi market. This means that Riyadh-based hospitals and clinics are often the first to gain access to innovative drugs, medical devices and treatments.

Eastern region - Saudi Arabia's eastern region - formed of just one province, is the economic heart of Saudi Arabia and home to the oil producing industry. The presence of the oil industry, and the eastern region's growing tourism sector, both have implications for healthcare provision - with the private sector gaining ground in this part of the country.

Northern region - Because of the low population density in this part of Saudi Arabia, and its distance from the wealthier parts of the country, such as oil-producing regions, the capital Riyadh, and the port at Jeddah, we expect that northern Saudi Arabia will be a low priority for investment in healthcare over the course of our five year forecast period.

Southern region - We define the southern region of Saudi Arabia as including four provinces, Aseer, Jazan, Najran and Al-Bahah. Unlike the rest of Saudi Arabia, the climate in the southern region is distinct: rather than a dry, desert climate, it has higher levels of rainfall, mountains, and the province of Aseer, which is on a plateau, is affected by the Indian monsoon. This facilitates agricultural production, and also contributes to a specific disease burden.

Western region - The largest region in terms of population, it is home to the important port city of Jeddah, on the Red Sea, and also has a distinct disease burden thanks to this region's popularity with Muslim pilgrims. Saudi Arabia's deputy minister of health estimated in October 2013 that nearly half of the pilgrims travelling to the country required medical assistance.


Rich in statistics, charts and maps, this new report from Espicom, Understanding Saudi Arabia’s Regional Healthcare Markets, takes you further into understanding the national, regional and major city health environments.

Table Of Contents

Understanding Saudi Arabia’s Regional Health Markets
BMI View 11
BMI Industry View 11
Economic Analysis 13
Sub-National Healthcare Analysis 13
Table: Saudi Arabia State Population, mn 13
Table: Saudi Arabia State MoH Hospital Births 14
Table: Saudi Arabia Total Inpatients (Excl Other Gov Sector), '000 14
Table: Saudi Arabia Total Outpatients Visits (Excl Other Gov Sector) '000 15
Table: Saudi Arabia Total Hospital Surgical Procedures (Excl Other Gov Sector) 16
Table: Saudi Arabia MoH Transfused Blood Units 17
Industry Forecast 18
Healthcare Market Forecast 18
Table: Saudi Arabia Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data and Forecasts 19
Table: Saudi Arabia Government Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data and Forecasts 20
Table: Saudi Arabia Private Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data and Forecasts 20
10 Year Forecasts 21
Table: SAUDI ARABIA Long-Term Macroeconomic Forecasts 23
Long-Term Political Outlook 24
Table: SAUDI ARABIA - RECENT LEADERSHIP CHANGES 26
Table: Saudi Arabia - Political Overview 31
Demographic Outlook 32
Table: Saudi Arabia's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000) 33
Table: Saudi Arabia's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total) 34
Table: Saudi Arabia's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020 35
Table: Saudi Arabia's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020 35
Sub-National Demographic Forecast 36
Table: Saudi Arabia State Population, mn 38
Table: Saudi Arabia State MoH Hospital Births 39
Central Saudi Arabia 41
Table: Total Hospitals (Excl Other Gov Sector) 42
Table: Total Hospital Beds (Excl Other Gov Sector) 42
Table: MoH Health Centres 42
Table: Central Saudi Arabia, Total Doctors (Excl Other Gov Sector) 43
Table: Total Nurses (Excl Other Gov Sector) 43
Table: Total Pharmacists (Excl Other Gov Sector) 43
Riyadh 44
Table: Population (Forecast) 44
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical 44
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 45
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 46
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 47
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 49
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 49
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 50
Makkah 52
Table: Population (Forecast) 52
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 52
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 52
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 53
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 54
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 55
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 56
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 56
Jeddah 58
Table: Population (Forecast) 58
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 58
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 58
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 59
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 60
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 62
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 62
Table: Enter table header 63
Eastern Saudi Arabia 64
Table: Total Hospitals (Excl Other Gov Sector) 65
Table: Total Hospital Beds (Excl Other Gov Sector) 65
Table: MoH Health Centres 65
Table: Total Doctors (Excl Other Gov Sector) 65
Table: Total Nurses (Excl Other Gov Sector) 66
Table: Total Pharmacists (Excl Other Gov Sector) 66
Ha'il 67
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 67
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 67
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 68
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 69
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 70
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 71
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 71
Al Ahsa 73
Table: Population (Forecast) 73
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 73
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 73
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 74
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 76
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 77
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 77
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 78
North Saudi Arabia 79
Table: Total Hospitals (Excl Other Gov Sector) 79
Table: Total Hospital Beds (Excl Other Gov Sector) 80
Table: MoH Health Centres 80
Table: Total Doctors (Excl Other Gov Sector) 80
Table: Total Nurses (Excl Other Gov Sector) 80
Table: Total Pharmacists (Excl Other Gov Sector) 81
Al - Jouf 82
Table: Population (Forecast) 82
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 82
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 82
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 83
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 84
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 85
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 85
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 86
Hafr Al - Baten 88
Table: Population (Forecast) 88
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 88
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 88
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 90
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 91
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 92
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 92
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 93
Qurayyat 94
Table: Population (Forecast) 94
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 94
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 94
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 95
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 96
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 97
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 97
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 98
South Saudi Arabia 100
Table: Total Hospitals (Excl Other Gov Sector) 101
Table: Total Hospital Beds (Excl Other Gov Sector) 101
Table: MoH Health Centres 101
Table: Total Doctors (Excl Other Gov Sector) 102
Table: Total Nurses (Excl Other Gov Sector) 102
Table: Total Pharmacists (Excl Other Gov Sector) 102
Aseer 103
Table: Population (Forecast) 103
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 103
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 103
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 105
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 106
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 107
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 107
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 108
Bishah 110
Table: Population (Forecast) 110
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 110
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 110
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 111
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 112
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 113
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 114
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 114
Tabouk 116
Table: Population (Forecast) 116
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 116
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 116
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 117
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 118
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 119
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 120
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 120
Jazan 122
Table: Population (Forecast) 122
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 122
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 122
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 123
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 124
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 125
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 126
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 126
Najran 128
Table: Population (Forecast) 128
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 128
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 128
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 129
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 131
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 132
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 132
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 133
Western Saudi Arabia 134
Table: Total Hospitals (Excl Other Gov Sector) 135
Table: Total Hospital Beds (Excl Other Gov Sector) 135
Table: MoH Health Centres 136
Table: Total Doctors (Excl Other Gov Sector) 136
Table: Total Nurses (Excl Other Gov Sector) 136
Table: Total Pharmacists (Excl Other Gov Sector) 137
Ta'if 138
Table: Population (Forecast) 138
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 138
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 138
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 139
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 141
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 142
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 142
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 143
Medinah 144
Table: Population (Forecast) 144
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 144
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 145
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 146
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 147
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 147
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 148
Qaseem 150
Table: Population (Forecast) 150
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 150
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 150
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 151
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 153
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 154
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 154
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 155
Al - Bahah 156
Table: Population (Forecast) 156
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 156
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 156
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 158
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 159
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 160
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 160
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 161
Qunfudah 162
Table: Population (Forecast) 162
Table: MoH Hospital Births (Historical) 162
Table: INFRASTRUCTURE 162
Table: ALL ACTIVITY (Forecast) 163
Table: INPATIENTS and SURGICAL PROCEDURES (Historical) 165
Table: OUTPATIENT VISITS (Historical) 166
Table: PERSONNEL (Forecast) 166
Table: PERSONNEL (Historical) 167
Methodology 168
Methodology and Sources 168

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