Special health insurance for Saudi citizens
Thursday, 06 21 2018, Category: Insurance and Reinsurance, Country: Saudi Arabia
The Saudi government will introduce a special medical insurance coverage for citizens in place of existing health insurance schemes offered by private insurance companies, according to a senior Health Ministry official.
Dr. Mohammed Al-Sagheer, assistance undersecretary at the ministry, has said there will not be traditional medical insurance for Saudi citizens but the government will provide an advanced coverage for them.
"The traditional medical insurance will not succeed in the Kingdom for a variety of reasons as it does not provide coverage for the elderly, people with chronic diseases, patients needing organ transplant and dental care," he said.
Al-Sagheer said the medical coverage to be introduced by the government in five years would cover all these diseases.
"The government will pay the insurance providers after signing long-term contracts with them to provide citizens with a consummate healthcare services," he said.
Al-Sagheer said the medical insurance to be provided by the government to the citizens would consist of treating all types of diseases in all segments of society regardless of age. "It will also cover unemployed citizens," he added.
He hoped that the private medical insurance companies would expand their services to be able to compete with the government insurance scheme.
Source: Saudi Gazette