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Health Care in Medina

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Health Care in Medina: Locate providers, hospitals, and medical centers to find the best health services available for expats and nomads.

The healthcare system in Medina, is a mix of public and private facilities, providing a range of services to both locals and foreigners. The quality of care varies between public and private hospitals, with expats often preferring private facilities for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries.

Saudi Arabia's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in Saudi Arabia is known as the Ministry of Health (MOH). It provides free healthcare services to Saudi nationals, while foreigners can access these services at a subsidized cost. Public hospitals in Medina are generally well-equipped and staffed, but may not be the first choice for serious medical emergencies or major surgeries due to long waiting times and language barriers. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Saudi Arabia. However, expats primarily use private hospitals for their healthcare needs, as they offer a higher standard of care, shorter waiting times, and English-speaking staff. Private hospitals are generally recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries, as they provide a more comfortable and efficient experience for patients.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Medina

Some recommended hospitals and clinics in Medina for expats include:

  • Al-Madinah National Hospital (Private) - Located in the city center
  • Al Ansar Hospital (Public) - Located in the Al-Ansar district
  • King Fahad Hospital (Public) - Located in the Al-Aziziyah district
  • Al-Madinah Maternity and Children's Hospital (Public) - Specializes in maternity and pediatric care, located in the Al-Aziziyah district
In case of specialized medical care or surgeries not available in Medina, expats may need to travel to larger cities like Jeddah or Riyadh, which are approximately 4-5 hours away by car.

Emergency Services in Medina

There are ambulance services available in Medina. To call for an ambulance, dial 997. Ambulance response times may vary depending on the location and traffic conditions, but they generally arrive within a reasonable time frame.

Health Insurance Companies in Medina

Popular private health insurance companies in Medina include Bupa Arabia, Tawuniya, and Medgulf. These companies offer a range of health insurance plans catering to different needs and budgets. Expats and digital nomads typically use these local insurance providers or opt for specialized expat health insurance providers that offer coverage in Saudi Arabia.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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