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Middle East And Africa Healthcare Market Report 2017 

Middle East And Africa Healthcare Market Report 2017 

  • February 2017
  • 104 pages
  • ID: 4773237
  • Format: PDF
  • The Business Research Company

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Africa is the second largest and the second most populated continent in the world. It has about 1.1 billion population and 15% of the world’s human population. It has 54 countries and it includes countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Sudan. Most the countries are republics that operate under presidential system, whereas some of the countries are governed by military dictators.

The GCC countries rely heavily on the government funding for providing healthcare services. For instance, as per World Health Organization (WHO), the governments in Saudi Arabia and UAE spent around 68% of the total healthcare spending in 2012. The countries in the GCC are heavily dependent on an expatriate health workforce. For instance, Saudi Arabia has an expat physician population that accounts for 76%.

The healthcare services market in Africa is under developed. Africa is lagging the rest of the world in life expectancy, number of physicians per 1,000 people and mortality rate. Widespread corruption in leading to improper utilization of health budgets in countries such as Nigeria, Zambia and Kenya. Poor infrastructure in many countries in this region is affecting hospital services delivery in the remote areas.

Hospitals and outpatient care centers contributed to around 45% share of the Middle East & Africa market. It is followed by physicians and other healthcare practitioners with 27% and home healthcare and residential nursing care services with 11% of the market.

The top trend observed in the healthcare market as of 2016 was digitalization of medical records. Digitalization of information related to patients including their medical history, diagnoses, medications, treatment plans, immunization dates, allergies, radiology images, and laboratory and test results is being made possible with Electronic Health Records (EHRs). EHRs increase patient participation, and improve diagnostic and treatment outcomes.

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