Critical Issues in Healthcare Policy and Politics in the GCC

Muhammad Haris Javaid Javaid Sheikh, Suhaila Ghuloum, Hassen Al-Amin, Samir Al-Adawi, Cother Hajat, Sohaila Cheema, Ravinder Mamtani, Albert B. Lowenfels, Nabil M Kronfol, Dionysis Markakis, Mohamad Alameddine, Nour Kik, Rami Yassoub, Yara Mourad

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Abstract

The situation of the healthcare systems in the Gulf has become multi-tiered, primarily due to the lack of systematic population health need assessments, including short-term health solutions for low-skilled workers. Even though the Gulf region has attained significant social and economic achievements in a short span of time, healthcare policies are still centered more on curative health and not enough emphasis has been placed on protective and preventive measures. There is a lack of medical educational institutions in the Gulf, and the role of the private sector is in need of further study as there is no explanation as to why patients are shifting from public to private healthcare institutions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCIRS Summary Report
Publication statusPublished - May 15 2018

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