Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Official reports reveal nationalization levels of medical and health workers in the Kingdom remain low, with Saudi nationals making up only 21.7 percent of physicians, 31.8 percent of nurses, and 67.4 percent of ancillary staff.
According to the reports, these figures indicate rates are much lower in the private health sector than the public sector, thus requiring greater coordination and cooperation between the Council of Health Services, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, and the Institute of Public Administration and Medical Education in the private sector to develop needed educational and training programs for medical cadres.
Other challenges facing the health sector relate to economic and social development, as well as non-application of the cooperative health insurance system, and the lack of an information system that electronically links health sector units throughout the Kingdom, according to the reports.
This in turn creates a weakness in information sharing and cooperation between different administrative and technical departments, delays access to health information in a timely manner, and reduces the level of efficiency in operations, planning, coordination and monitoring and evaluation processes within the sector.
The reports also note that the ministry is currently building and developing this information system, and thus emphasizes the need for cooperation between officials and the parties concerned to establish necessary programs and address challenges.
The reports suggest the increase in demand for health services is influenced by population growth, high economic and social development, and increase in health awareness among the population.
© Arab News 2015Aug 2015