3.3m Saudis enjoy coop health cover

Updated 10 July 2015
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3.3m Saudis enjoy coop health cover

RIYADH: A total of 10,229,109 people are covered under the cooperate health insurance system, including 3,338,628 Saudis and the rest non-Saudis, Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih has said.
In a press statement, the minister said the insurance system aims to provide health care and organize services for all employees of the private sector and their families. Those insured can access health care services via 2,508 service providers, 28 health insurance companies, and eight claims management companies.
Al-Falih said the system helps ease the burden on government facilities, while providing additional sources of health care services, contributing to the development of the health sector, pushing for the expansion of new hospital and health centers throughout the Kingdom and creating job opportunities.
This came following a three-hour meeting, in which Al-Falih met with officials to discuss the strategy, analyze the situation and look at the initiatives that support the implementation of the strategy.


Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

Updated 18 December 2018
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Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

A royal decree by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the continuation of allowances covering the cost of living for civil sector employees for the new fiscal year on Tuesday.

The decree states that 1,000 Saudi riyals ($266) would be given to citizens on a monthly basis.  This will continue for one year until the study of the social protection system is completed.

Saudi Arabia also announced plans to increase state spending by more than seven percent next year in an effort to spur economic growth, which has been hurt by low oil prices, according to a 2019 budget released by the finance ministry.