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 2001, illustrate the progress made in healthcare provision in the Kingdom:
Healthcare Provision Statistics, 2001
Assitant Health Personnel 38,519
In 2000/2001, there were 324 hospitals in the Kingdom, and the total provision of 46,622 beds.
• King Faisal Specialist Hospital
• King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital
• King Fahd Medical Center
• King Abdul Aziz General Hospital
King Faisal Specialist Hospital
King Faisal gave particular emphasis to the development of comprehensive healthcare for the citizens of the Kingdom. The King Faisal Specialist Hospital, outside Riyadh, which provides a range of specialist medical services, is both a testimony and a memorial to the late King's commitment to healthcare for his people.
KFSH & RC is an 800-bed multi-facility, multi-entity tertiary care hospital and one of the leading healthcare institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Its mission is to provide medical services of highly specialized nature and promote medical research and education programs, including postgraduate education training, as well as contribute to the prevention of disease
King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital
The King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital was opened in 1982. With accommodation for some 260 in-patients, the Hospital has established an enviable reputation in the region as a leader in the treatment of eye conditions.
The hospital maintains a full range of specialist departments including optometry, radiology and ultrasonography which are fully exploited for research as well as treatment of patients.
King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) is a tertiary care ophthalmic facility operated by the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The hospital provides quality tertiary ophthalmic care to the patients it serves and promotes the delivery of Kingdom-wide ophthalmic care through its outreach, educational, and research programs.
For more than two decades, KKESH has been recognized for excellence in its delivery of ophthalmic patient care, for its strong educational programs (including continuing medical education seminars and symposia, and training of ophthalmology residents and subspecialty fellows and other allied healthcare personnel), and its highly successful research programs. These achievements have been made possible by the grace of Allah, the Almighty, and through the generous ongoing support of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.
King Fahd Medical Center
This 342-bed hospital provides general hospital services for the industrial city of Yanbu and the surrounding region. It has a burns unit and maintains specialist departments for ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat), ophthalmic surgery and renal dialysis.
King Abdul Aziz General Hospital
Located in Jeddah and completed in 1988, the King Abdul Aziz General Hospital, provides a 440-bed medical facility.
Health: Medical Training
To meet the requirements for the Kingdom's healthcare, it was necessary to complement the hospital building program with an equally ambitious medical training program.
Medical training institutes were established at Abha and in the Holy City of Madinah. Training centers were set up in the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah and in the King Faisal University and a 760-bed teaching hospital was located in the King Saud University campus outside Riyadh.
The Kingdom's healthcare provision has been so successful that it is cited by the World Health Organization as a model for the developing world
In any national health service, the provision of comprehensive and efficient primary healthcare is of crucial importance. By 1988, there were more than 2,000 primary healthcare centers serving the community at local and regional level. By 1989, that figure had risen above 3,000. By 1995, the figure stood at 3,300. By 1999, the figure stood at 3,506.