What is healthcare in Saudi Arabia like?

Facilities and Health Information:

Medical care varies greatly in quality, and high profile cases of medical malpractice and errors have occurred. Consult your regular physician if you are considering serious medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.

While Red Sea scuba diving is a popular past-time for many visitors, you should only dive with an experienced boat and crew. Some boats are not equipped with radio communications in the event of an emergency. There are only two recompression chambers for treatment of decompression sickness – one at Jubail Armed Forces Hospital and another in Jeddah – both hours away from Red Sea and Gulf diving sites.

Drinking Water Source - % of rural population improved"

97%

Drinking Water Source - % of total population unimproved:

3%

Drinking Water Source - % of urban population improved:

97%

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:

0.01%

Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population:

2.2

Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population:

.94

Sanitation Facility Access - % of urban population improved:

100%

Sanitation Facitlity Access - % of rural population improved:

100%

Disability Access In Saudi Arabia

Accessibility:

While in Saudi Arabia, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what is generally found in the United States.

The Basic Law does not prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities and there is no legislation mandating public accessibility. Newer commercial and government buildings, however, often include such access. The Ministry of Social Affairs is responsible for protecting the rights of persons with disabilities.

According to the Ministry of Social Affairs, there are numerous government-sponsored centers for people with disabilities, such as the Noor Institute for the Blind, the Amal Institute for the Deaf, and social rehabilitation and welfare centers for the elderly. Note that Saudi Arabia has extremely limited infrastructure to care for those with mental disabilities. Royal decrees in the past have encouraged institutions and individuals to contribute to charitable activities to assist persons with disabilities.

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