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International Health Insurance News: Saudi hospital told to raise standards

Expatriates in Saudi Arabia have welcomed the temporary closure of a hospital in Dammam that was found to have delivered poor quality healthcare.

Arab News reports the facility – which was not named by the Ministry of Health but has been identified as Tadawi General Hospital – will be closed for 15 days.

The hospital is being encouraged to improve practices by the ministry and sources at the government body said the closure reflects the ministry's commitment to keeping healthcare standards high in the kingdom.

An international private medical insurance policy is likely to be necessary to make use of the private medical facilities on offer in Saudi Arabia and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office notes healthcare centres in major cities "are of a high standard", but towns elsewhere tend to only have "a health centre or basic hospital".

Expatriate Shuja Mohammed Sheriff, who moved to the kingdom from India, said he welcomes the Health Ministry's move.

"Private hospitals should not be allowed to cut corners," he remarked.

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