• Health

    OBG reviews the government and private health sectors highlighting opportunities for international medical providers to enter local markets. Overall spending, ratios of medical staff, facilities per capita and project spending plans are analysed. Health tourism also comes under scrutiny where relevant.
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The economy of Kuwait has long been underpinned by the production and export of crude oil. Although the rise in energy prices in 2021-22 boosted government revenue and macroeconomic stability, the Covid-19 pandemic, which preceded the commodity price boom, underscored the risk of over-reliance on an industry subject to fluctuating global demand. This has created fresh impetus for economic diversification, with robust public finances providing a strong platform to...

After a surge in uptake during the Covid-19 pandemic, the telehealth industry is courting new investment to further innovation and increase access to care in emerging markets.

Considering the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which strategies are expected to underpin the development of the local health sector?

To what extent has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted medical innovation and related regulatory processes in Saudi Arabia?

The health care sector in Saudi Arabia receives an average of 16.5% of the government’s annual budget, reflecting its importance to socio-economic development. The Covid-19 pandemic placed significant pressure on health care systems worldwide, yet the intensified throughput allowed governments to identify weaknesses in their health services and supply chains. Saudi Arabia’s...

Two key entities have been central to the recalibration and fortification of the medical supply chain in Saudi Arabia. The National Unified Procurement Company (NUPCO) is responsible for medical supplies and equipment procurement, and supply chain regulation; and the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) regulates and monitors foods, drugs, medicines, and diagnostic devices....

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