Saudi Healthcare Among Most Globally Efficient

Jeddah Saudi Arabia, old market Balad

Fraser Clarke

Saudi Arabia’s healthcare sector has been named as one of the most efficient globally in a new report.

Published this month, the Saudi system came in just six points behind world leader Singapore in Royal Philips’ Future Health Index (FHI). The Kingdom was  especially praised for the high level of trust placed in the healthcare sector by the general public.

Singapore’s score puts it more than 17 points ahead of the global average, with only a below average number of beds for the size of population marking it down.

Of the five outcomes, Saudi’s sector impressed with the high quality outcomes achieved for patients, the lower than average costs and waste, high levels of patient satisfaction and a high quality patient experience.

The report also highlighted a major area which will need to develop to keep up with the demands of the modern patient - healthcare technology.

Data collection will play a key role in this, with the Desert Kingdom falling below average on indicators around the use of data analytics to boost healthcare effectiveness.

Despite this however CEO of Philips’ in the MET region, Ozlem Fidanci, said: “The index results confirm the Kingdom’s e-health strategy is a pivotal pillar in the future for improving and managing people’s health. 

“The FDI offers a meaningful measure that helps countries like Saudi Arabia identify their immediate needs and readiness for artificial intelligence tools to become a part of the patient journey.”

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