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Health Care in Rabigh

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Learn about the health system in Rabigh: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Rabigh.

The healthcare system in Rabigh, is a blend of public and private services. The public healthcare system is managed by the Ministry of Health, while the private sector includes a variety of hospitals and clinics.

Saudi Arabia's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in Saudi Arabia is managed by the Ministry of Health. It provides free healthcare services to Saudi nationals and expatriates working in the public sector. The quality of care in public hospitals varies, but in general, they are well-equipped and staffed by qualified professionals. However, for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries, many people recommend private hospitals due to their higher standards and shorter waiting times. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system, but many prefer private hospitals due to the language barrier and the higher standard of care. Private hospitals in Rabigh, like in the rest of Saudi Arabia, are modern and well-equipped, offering a wide range of medical services.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Rabigh

  • Rabigh General Hospital - A public hospital located in Rabigh.
  • International Medical Center - A private hospital located in Jeddah, approximately 2 hours drive from Rabigh. It offers a wide range of medical services.
  • Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital - A private hospital located in Jeddah, known for its high standard of care.
Due to the limited number of hospitals in Rabigh, expats often travel to Jeddah for specialized medical care and surgeries.

Emergency Services in Rabigh

Emergency services, including ambulance services, are available in Rabigh. The emergency number in Saudi Arabia is 997. The response time of ambulances can vary, but generally, they arrive promptly.

Health Insurance Companies in Rabigh

There are several popular private health insurance companies in Rabigh, including Bupa Arabia, Tawuniya, and Medgulf. These companies offer a variety of health insurance plans to suit different needs and budgets. While some expats and digital nomads use these local companies, many prefer to use international health insurance providers that offer coverage in multiple countries and have English-speaking customer service.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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