More than 74% of patients satisfied with health services in Saudi Arabia

The Vision 2030 program aims for better use of the capacity of hospitals and health care centers. (SPA)
Updated 02 November 2019

More than 74% of patients satisfied with health services in Saudi Arabia

  • The ministry launched the program with the aim of enabling patients and their families to engage in quality improvement of health services

RIYADH: More than 74 percent of patients are satisfied with the Kingdom’s health services, figures have revealed.
The results of the Ministry of Health’s Patient Experience Measurement Program showed satisfaction rates in the third quarter of this year had risen to 74.52 percent compared with 73.11 percent during the second quarter.
The ministry launched the program with the aim of enabling patients and their families to engage in quality improvement of health services. Findings are compared at regional and international levels to keep up with patient-centered health services. The scheme is also designed to detect weak points in the health service and develop ways to improve them. 


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.