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Reform of financing healthcare services in the GCC: focus on establishing health insurance system in KSA

Khouja, Tumader (2013) Reform of financing healthcare services in the GCC: focus on establishing health insurance system in KSA. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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This paper reviews healthcare systems and their financing in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and how they provide healthcare to the growing number of expatriates in the region. The paper focuses on the health system reform in Saudi Arabia as it is establishing a National Health Insurance system. The goal of this policy change is to increase the participation of the private sector in the health care market and decrease the cost of providing healthcare services on the government. It is also expected to have a positive effect on access to healthcare, effectiveness, efficiency, cost, quality of care, adaptation of new technology and utilization of healthcare services. We review the existing literature that covers health system problems and the new health system reform in Saudi Arabia. We also give a description of healthcare provided for expatriates in the GCC and Saudi Arabia as they form a significant percentage of the population. In addition, we conduct interviews with health professionals and managers in Saudi Arabia to get their insight on the new health system reform and how it will effect healthcare provision for the Saudi population. The public health relevance of this topic: health system reforms are intended to bring out better health outcomes for the populations. As Saudi Arabia is embarking on this change it will be insightful to see if it will bring out the desired effects. Also, providing healthcare for expatriates is a challenge in many countries, if Saudi Arabia succeeds in providing quality healthcare to this segment of the population, other countries could follow the Saudi model.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Khouja, Tumader
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFinegold, David N.dnf@pitt.eduDNFUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberRohrer, Wesleywmrun@pitt.eduWMRUNUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberDonohue, Juliejdonohue@pitt.eduJDONOHUEUNSPECIFIED
Date: November 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 2013
Submission Date: 20 November 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Multidisciplinary MPH
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Saudi, Arabia, Health, Insurance, National, Health, Insurance, Financing, health
Date Deposited: 20 May 2015 21:09
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 11:56

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