“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.”