Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Expats and global nomads in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia share their experiences with health insurance, healthcare in Saudi Arabia, local hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care and more.

How are healthcare services Riyadh?

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When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Riyadh, 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," said one expat living in Riyadh.

Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Riyadh?

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"My sponsor always paid for my insurance. I ended paying an extra amount for higher end insurance so I could go the Kingdom Hospital, and found out that the medical staff there are not adequately trained," said one expat living in Riyadh.

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What are emergency services like in Riyadh?

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When we asked about emergency services, members in Riyadh wrote:

"I used Kingdom Hospital, purportedly one of the best, if not the best. It was substandard. I also went to Specialized Medical Center. The staff were even less qualified. Please be careful with your health. I ended up coming back to the US for medical care," mentioned another expat in Riyadh.

Will I need to travel to see a specialist?

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"I returned to the US this past summer so I could get treatment. Outstanding standards in the US," remarked another expat in Riyadh.

Are common prescription medications available in Riyadh?

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"You can get anything at any corner pharmacy without any prescription. the exception are birth control pills or homonal replacement therapy. They are cheap," mentioned another expat in Riyadh.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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