The healthcare industry across the GCC is in the midst of a transition, one that will help enhance the operating environment, reduce costs and increase opportunities across the value chain. However, there are several areas of improvement that need to be addressed for the industry here to reach global standards.
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Healthcare supply in the Gulf still lags behind international benchmarks. The number of beds per 1,000 inhabitants ranges between 1.3 to 2.2 in the GCC compared to 2.8 in the US and the UK and 6.2 in France and Germany. Similarly the number of nurses per 1,000 inhabitants is significantly below Western European and US levels. More importantly, healthcare under-supply is very pronounced for tertiary care hospitals, specialised and long-term care facilities.
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