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Long-Term Care (LTC), Rehabilitation & Home Care (HC) in Saudi Arabia

Growth Opportunities in a Specialised Sector

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 13 December 2020 – Colliers International, The Global Commercial Real Estate Leader, released its latest white paper on Long term care, Rehabilitation and Home care in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The paper is the 14th edition of The Pulse series of papers discussing healthcare in the MENA region.

In line with global and regional trends the Healthcare sector in KSA is undergoing an evolution on the back of rapid advancements in technology and research and development (R&D). However, COVID-19 has also exposed the vastly diverse structure of healthcare systems and increased the importance of R&D and the provision of specialised healthcare.

Mansoor Ahmed, Director of Healthcare, Education and Public Private Partnerships (PPP), highlighted that “Long-term care (LTC), rehabilitation and home care (HC) are amongst the main focal points for diversification and enhancement of the healthcare system in KSA. A key driver is the changing demographic profile through a decreased fertility rate and increased life expectancy. As a result, the population above 60 years is expected to increase from 5.5% in 2020 to 11.0% by 2030. This shift will have a significant impact on disease patterns and the type of healthcare services required. Almost 80% of a person’s healthcare requirements typically occur after the age of 60 years which increases the demand for LTC, rehab and HC”.

The report also highlights the importance of Public Private Partnership role in the healthcare sector.

Mansoor adds “In line with the government’s Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP), the Ministry of Health (MoH) is expected to spend close to US$71 billion over five-years ending in 2020. By incorporating Public Private Participation (PPP) models for healthcare, the government is aiming to unlock value in the health system and fast-tracking the change of healthcare with plans to lift the overall private sector contribution in total healthcare spending to 35% by 2020”.

The report concludes with a gap analysis and the importance of improving home care services in the Kingdom. Mansoor concludes: “As per Colliers International estimates, KSA by 2030 would require an additional 20,000 – 22,000 Long-term Care (LTC) and Rehabilitative beds. However, to achieve OECD average standards, the country would require 28,000 to 30,000 additional beds by 2030.

An important aspect will be improving Home Care (HC) services. Presently the capabilities, resources, and efficiency in home care vary across regions with limited service provided. An improved home care provision will reduce the pressure on both acute care and LTC and rehabilitation hospitals. The target under the PSP initiative is to increase home care coverage annually from 40,090 (2017) to 90,300 (2022)”.

In November 2020, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) announced the implementation of a uniform model for elderly care in KSA in collaboration with the private and non-profit sectors. In Colliers’ opinion this initiative is expected to improve the efficiency and quality of services provided to elderly in the Kingdom with better utilisation of tertiary care, LTC and rehab facilities.