Gulf health spending to rise 300 per cent by 2025

04 November 2008
Direct health spending in the GCC will rise by 300 per cent to $60bn in 2025 compared with $15bn in 2008, according to Viktor Hediger, Middle East healthcare leader at US management consultants McKinsey & Company.

“The increase in spending will be driven mainly by the key risk factors, including diabetes which is 20 times more likely in the GCC than in other regions,” he told MEED’s Middle East Healthcare Conference 2008 in Dubai on 3 November.

“It is important that governments understand different patient needs in order to do capacity planning,” said Hediger.

“We see the main gap in the market today as healthcare polyclinics. To speed up reform, establishing public-private partnerships show the way.”

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