Health: Introduction

Of all the benefits that have accrued to the citizens of the Kingdom, none is greater than the provision of free healthcare of the highest standard, a provision extended to all those who visit the Kingdom in pilgrimage.

The decision to embark on plan of inclusive healthcare provision was taken by King Faisal who initiated a massive hospital building programs.

The following statistics, collated for 2006, illustrate the progress made in healthcare provision in the Kingdom:

Healthcare Provision Statistics, 2006
Provision Number
Hospitals 386
Beds 54,724
Doctors 40,183
Dentists 5,406
Pharmacists 8,546
Nurses 83,868
Assistant Health Personnel 49,139

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