The Saudi cabinet, chaired by King Salman, has given the go-ahead for the transformation of Madinah Hospitals Complex into a medical city.
The complex comprises the General Hospital, that has a capacity of 500 beds, the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Children's Hospital (with 500 beds) and the Al Amal Complex for Mental Health with a capacity of 246 beds.
The Al Madinah Obstetrics, Gynecology and Children's Hospital had recently secured full institutional accreditation from the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties for a period of four years.
The Al Amal Complex for Mental Health at Madinah has buildings for emergency, ICU, outpatient clinics, and supportive services of pharmacies, radiology departments, laboratories, as well as ancillary buildings.
It also features eight villas for hospitalisation involving mental and addiction treatment, two entertainment centrees, in addition to a variety of recreation facilities for patient service.
The expansion move comes from the government even as experts project a spike in the kingdom's healthcare expenditure.
According to Alpen Capital, Saudi Arabia's healthcare expenditure is set to rise from an estimated $44.3 billion in 2017 to $59.5 billion in 2022, grow at a CAGR of 6.1%. This jump is likely to be driven by a CAGR of 2% in the population, rise in the cost of treatment and increase in health insurance coverage.
Meanwhile, leading property expert Knight Frank said that Saudi Arabia would require an additional 20,000 beds by 2035.