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Saudi Arabia says healthcare to remain free after privatisation

Doctors performing surgery [Official Navy Page/Flickr]
Doctors performing surgery [Official Navy Page/Flickr]

The Ministry of Health in Riyadh announced on Wednesday that Saudi citizens will continue to receive free healthcare despite a programme which will see the health sector move into private hands.

ā€œThe privatisation of the health sector has important foundations that cannot be changed, such as free healthcare for citizens and ensuring service quality and efficiency,ā€ said the ministry.

Citizens of Saudi Arabia currently receive free healthcare in public hospitals. On Tuesday, the Saudi Council of Economic and Development Affairs approved a plan to implement the Privatisation Programme to sell government assets for $9.3-$10.7 billion by 2020.

The health sector is one of ten to be privatised as part of the kingdomā€™s Vision 2030, which aims at the diversification of the countryā€™s sources of revenue.

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