Saudi ministry announces regulatory changes for private health facilities

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At the Global Health Exhibition 2019 in Riyadh, Almost Specialist Hospital booth. (Photo byLojien Gassem)
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At the Global Health Exhibition 2019 in Riyadh (Photo byLojien Gassem)
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At the Global Health Exhibition 2019 in Riyadh, Almost Specialist Hospital booth. (Photo byLojien Gassem)
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At the Global Health Exhibition 2019 in Riyadh (Photo byLojien Gassem)
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At the Global Health Exhibition 2019 in Riyadh (Photo byLojien Gassem)
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At the Global Health Exhibition 2019 in Riyadh (Photo byLojien Gassem)
Updated 10 September 2019

Saudi ministry announces regulatory changes for private health facilities

  • The event highlights the latest developments in health services, pharmaceuticals, training, education and medical technologies

RIYADH: The Health Ministry announced regulatory changes to issuing licenses for private health facilities, including hospitals, medical complexes, support centers and laboratories.
The announcement came during the Global Health Exhibition 2019 in Riyadh, which started on Tuesday and will continue for two more days.
Muhammad Al-Eid, the ministry’s assistant director general for licenses, said the amendments will result in more investment opportunities, better services and greater transparency.
“Today, the procedure to obtain a license from the ministry is reduced, and some of the things that were required before don’t exist anymore. Now there’s integration between the ministry and other entities,” he added.
“Instead of having only physical therapy centers, now investors can combine more than one specialty — such as physical, functional, nutrition and psychotherapy — all in one place.”
The ministry will encourage investments by improving market attractiveness, Al-Eid said.
Nine conferences and six workshops are being held at the exhibition. Some 180 medical companies will participate, and there will be 10,000 attendees.  
The exhibition “aims to build relationships and joint cooperation among health experts to contribute to facilitating and offering best practices that can develop the health care systems in the Kingdom in such a manner that meets the needs of patients and residents,” the ministry said.
The event highlights the latest developments in health services, pharmaceuticals, training, education and medical technologies.


Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

Updated 17 January 2020

Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

  • Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions

The United States President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised on Friday Arab states for the progress they have made in their reforms highlighted in a World Bank Report.

“Great seeing some big progress in countries with the most improved scores this year in the World Bank WBL (Women, Business and the Law) report,” she said, referring to several countries mentioned in the report, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Tunisia.

 

The World Bank’s annual “Women, Business, and the Law” report ranked Saudi Arabia top among 190 countries for its progress in bringing about reforms related to female involvement in economic development and entrepreneurship.  

According to the World Bank’s figures for 2020, Saudi Arabia scored 70.6 out of 100 for progress achieved in the integration of women into the labor market. The report’s findings also placed the country first among Gulf states, and second in the Arab world for meeting the criteria.

Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions.