Medical Sectors in KSA

Updated 2014-04-16 09:20

Saudi Arabia has given recently high priority to the development of health care services at all levels: primary, secondary and tertiary.The Ministry of Health operates 60% of the hospitals and 55% of the clinics and centers ; the remaining facilities are operated by government agencies, including the Ministry of Defense, the National Guard, the Ministry of the Interior, and several other ministries, as well as by private entities.

1) Ministry of Health Facilities:

These serve the general public and are located in both the large cities and the small towns throughout Saudi Arabia.

2) Military Hospitals

These serve members of the Saudi Arabia armed forces and their families, according to the branch of the military in which the individual serves.

Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG):

SANG is the branch of the military that is involved with defence against external threats and internal threats. SANG has four hospitals which provide care to the soldiers of the Saudi Arabian National Guard and their dependents:

King Abdulaziz Medical City - Riyadh (690 beds);

King Abdulaziz Medical City - Jeddah (350 beds);

King Abdulaziz Medical City - Dammam (112 beds);

King Abdulaziz Medical City - Al Ahsa (300 beds);

The Saudi Arabian National Guard also operates clinics in Riyadh and Taif.

Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defence and Aviation (MODA)

MODA provides defense against primarily external threats. It includes the Saudi Arabian Army, the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, the Royal Saudi Air Force and Royal Saudi Air Defence. MODA operates nine hospitals which provide care to the soldiers of MODA and their dependents:

Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital , Riyadh (1,100+ beds);

Prince Sultan Cardiac Center, Riyadh (150+ beds);

North West Armed Forces Hospital, Tabuk (350 beds);

King Fahd Military Medical Complex, Dhahran (316 beds);

Armed Forces Hospital at King Abdul Aziz Airbase, Al Khobar (280 beds);

King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah (400+ beds);

Armed Forces Hospitals, (King Fahad Military Hospital and the King Faisal Military Hospital), Khamis Mushayt (258 beds);

Al Hada Hospital, Taif (500+ beds; also operates the Prince Sultan Hospital, the Prince Mansour Hospital, and a rehab centre);

King Khalid Military City , Hafr Al-Batin (330 beds);

Wadi Al-Dawassir Hospital, Wadi Al-Dawassir (100 beds).

3) Ministry of the Interior

This serves members the ministry of the interior, including the police and customs collectors.Security Forces Hospital, Riyadh (500 beds), serves the Ministry of Interior personnel. There is also a Ministry hospital in Mecca.

4) Referral Hospitals

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre-Riyadh Site (894 beds);

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre-Jeddah Site (320 beds);

King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh (360 beds);

Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City, Riyadh (300 rehabilitation beds).

5) Private Facilities

Here are just a few of the private facilities in Saudi Arabia:

For-Profit: Saudi German Hospital, Jeddah; Dr. Erfan & Bagedo Hospital, Jeddah; Kingdom Hospital, Riyadh

Saudi ARAMCO Hospital, Dhahran & Al Hasa (405 beds and 80 beds);

Riyadh Care Hospital (also known as Social Insurance Hospital (GOSI)), Riyadh (255 beds)

Royal Commission Hospitals, which serve employees and their family members of the Industrial cities located at: Jubail, on the east coast of Saudi Arabia; Yanbu, on the west coast of Saudi Arabia

SAAD Medical Centre, Al Khobar

Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, Jeddah (600 beds, and the largest private hospital in Saudi Arabia; it is contracted to Saudi ARAMCO)

The above mentioned information is about the majority of public and some private sectors in medical care and for further information please visit Ministry of Health website.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recently introduced a process know as DATAFLOW to verify qualifications. Candidates seeking to work in the Kingdom must commence this process prior to their application being considered.

If you are intending to work as a doctor in Saudi Arabia, please go to the DATAFLOW web site to:(

It is important to print the receipt which was sent to your e-mail to supply to employers as evidence that you have commenced the process. Without this evidence, your application may not be progressed.

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