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15 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Saudi Arabia

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 01, 2024

Summary: The quality of medical care in Saudi Arabia is generally considered to be on par with the United States. Saudi Arabia has a well-developed healthcare system, with a wide range of medical services available. Emergency services are generally reliable and efficient, with ambulances available to respond to medical emergencies. To call for an ambulance, you can dial 997 or 112 from any phone.

How are healthcare services Saudi Arabia?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Saudi Arabia, they replied:

"If you need medical care, go back to the US or to Europe, if you can afford it. Both medical and dental care are substandard. If you can find doctors trained in the US, that is no assurance that they are qualified. The licensing program and qualifications are sketchy, at best," commented one expat who moved to Riyadh.

"Healthcare services in Saudi Arabia are provided by both public and private sectors. The public healthcare system is managed by the Ministry of Health and is funded by the government. It provides free or low-cost healthcare services to citizens and foreign residents. The quality of public healthcare is generally good, with modern facilities and well-trained staff. Foreign residents have access to the public healthcare system, but they may need to pay for some services. Expats in Saudi Arabia can use the public healthcare system by registering with the Ministry of Health and obtaining a health card. They may also be able to access private healthcare services, depending on their visa status," said one expat.

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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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