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Healthcare in Saudi Arabia

The health care system in Saudi Arabia is slightly above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important key figure with which the efficiency of all measures can be summarized is the general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn baby will potentially reach today. Right now in Saudi Arabia that age is 73.9 for men and 76.8 for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is around 2.5 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.0 years).

A total of 1,299.77 euros is spent per year and inhabitant. This corresponds to around 6.4% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 972.54 euros (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).

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Spread of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Saudi Arabia

Currently: 2.8 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
As of May 17, 2021, 433,095 infected people and 8,145 deaths were reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in March 2020, which date refers to the official report. For noticing your own infection, the appointment with the doctor, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection to the appearance of the first symptoms, you allow an additional 10-14 days.

The total of 433,095 infected people correspond to a population of 1.3% of the total population of the country. The number of new infections in the course of the 19th calendar week (May 10, 2021 to May 16, 2021) was 6,711 and thus 2.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and day.

The first graph shows the number of reported infections per calendar week. The second graph below that shows the number of deaths.

Death rate of infected people

From the people infected and deceased so far, there is a mortality rate of 1.9% in Saudi Arabia. It should be noted, however, that death does not occur until an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. After the time of the actual infection, several days follow until an affected person has a medical test carried out and the result is available.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers weekly. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our topic page on the corona virus.

Current development

Calendar weekInfecteddead

weight and height

height170 cm158 cm
Weight80.9 kg73.6 kg


Saudi ArabiaØ worldwide
Diabetes *15,80%8,81%

* The number of people with diabetes only refers to residents between the ages of 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

Saudi ArabiaØ worldwide
Hepatitis B.0,10%0,08%
DTP *9,60%8,57%

* DTP is a three-time combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which children should receive up to the age of 23 months.

In Saudi Arabia, 16.6% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
9 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Medical care by doctors and hospitals in Saudi Arabia is below average compared to the world population. There are 2.7 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants in the country. The global mean here is 2.7 beds. Within the EU there are 5.6 beds for every 1000 inhabitants.

With around 81,900 trained doctors in Saudi Arabia, there are around 2.39 doctors available per 1000 inhabitants. Again, the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 doctors per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Medical care can reduce the mortality of major, known diseases as far as possible. According to the current status, only about 21 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) die.


The above data is based on information from the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and the OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

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