Saudi Arabia: A Healthcare Haven for Expats

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In today’s world, healthcare is extremely important. Keeping up to date with medical science and making sure we and our loved ones have the best care is the key to a long and healthy life. No one wants to go a day without the safety of healthcare. And, if you’re already under treatment, you want to know that the treatment will not be interrupted. However, if you’re one of the lucky people who have gotten a job offer in Saudi Arabia, this will not be a worry for you. 
Saudi Arabia nowadays boasts a highly advanced, state of the art healthcare system, with over 600 hospitals, both public and private. Government-funded healthcare offers comprehensive free healthcare to all Saudi nationals, while expats have unrestricted access to all healthcare options including specialized doctors and clinics, dental coverage, emergencies and pre-existing condition treatments. Even if you are in perfect health, it’s always better to know that it is there should you need it. And don’t forget that for your first few days, the sudden change in temperature, climate and diet might affect your immune system and make you feel under the weather.  

As an expat, so long as you have an international health insurance plan, you can rest assured in the knowledge that the Saudi healthcare system can handle anything that may be required for you in terms of equipment, facilities, and know-how. While public healthcare is available, if your insurance covers it, private might be a preferable option in terms of expediency. All employers will actually include medical insurance for expats in the job offer, so why not make the most of it? 
At the same time, chronic patients should also feel comfortable in the knowledge that medication and treatment that they need will be available to them without interruption. Not to mention that a modern hospital which can cover all medical needs is mere minutes away from Antara!  
Your health is important, and taking care of it can be a stressful thing nowadays. But in Riyadh, it’s one less thing to worry about.