Team Blitz India
NEW DELHI: Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Health, Fahad Al-Jalajel, has unveiled an ambitious plan aimed at enhancing the healthcare landscape in the nation. The cornerstone of this plan is the introduction of a state-funded insurance scheme set to cover all citizens by 2026.
The initiative, called the National Insurance Programme, is designed to offer a comprehensive and lifelong coverage and eliminating the need for recurring renewal and prior approvals.
Al-Jalajel, during his address at the Global Health Forum, underlined that the Government’s vision extends beyond universal healthcare coverage.
The plan anticipates a five-fold increase in the private health insurance enrolment, driven by factors such as demographic growth, an increasing number of premium residency holders, and a significant influx of medical tourists seeking worldclass healthcare services within the kingdom.
The key to this healthcare sector overhaul is the objective to ensure that the nation’s expanding population is effectively integrated into the healthcare ecosystem. Additionally, it aims to significantly enhance the role of the private sector in healthcare service delivery.
This noteworthy shift in approach foresees the private sector’s involvement increasing from the present 20 percent to an impressive 50 percent, marking a transformative change in the healthcare landscape of the country.