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SYMPOSIUM ON THE HEALTH ECONOMIES
Riyadh, 14th Apr 2001

   MINISTER OF HEALTH DR OSAMA SHUBUKSHI INAUGURATED HERE ON SATURDAY A SYMPOSIUM ON THE HEALTH ECONOMIES, ORGANIZED BY THE ADMINISTRATION OF HEALTH ECONOMIES AT THE HEALTH MINISTRY.

SPEAKING ON THE OCCASION, DR ABDULRAHMAN AL-HUMEIDI, THE HEAD OF THE SYMPOSIUM'S ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, SAID THE SYMPOSIUM AIMS AT EXPLORING MEANS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES.

THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE TWO-DAY SYMPOSIUM WILL REVIEW A NUMBER OF TOPICS INCLUDING MEANS FOR RATIONALIZATION OF EXPENDITURES ON HEALTH SERVICES, THE SERVICES OF THE PRIMARY HEALTH CARE AND OTHER RELATED TOPICS.

THEY WILL ALSO REVIEW THE POSSIBILITY OF PRIVATIZATION OF THE SERVICES OF THE HEALTH CARE. FOR HIS PART, DR OSAMA SHUBUKSHI SAID THE COST OF HEALTH SERVICES IS STEADILY INCREASING DUE TO S MANY REASONS NOTABLY THE INCREASE OF POPULATION AND THE SWIFT PROGRESS IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY IN ADDITION TO APPEARANCE OF DISEASES NOT EARLIER KNOWN.

HE NOTED THAT, ACCORDING TO THE ESTIMATIONS OF THE WORLD BANK, THE INTERNATIONAL EXPENDITURES ON THE HEALTH SERVICES AMOUNTED IN 2000 TO MORE THAN $TWO TRILLION. THIS FIGURE CONSTITUTED ABOUT EIGHT PERCENT OF THE TOTAL WORLD GROSS INCOME.

DR SHUBUKSHI POINTED OUT THAT THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA IS ONE OF THE COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD THAT SPEND A LOT IN THE HEALTH SERVICES AND SAID 'IT SPENDS ABOUT TEN PERCENT OF ITS ANNUAL BUDGET IN THE HEALTH SERVICES'

Source: SPA

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