Key Health Indicators

2017 Health Indicators

​​​​The Health Indicators Bulletin covers a myriad of health-related demographic and economic indicators that highlight the paramount progress achieved by the Kingdom at all health levels. It also states accurate numbers and percentages of hospitals and other health facilities established over the past years. Moreover, it provides accurate statistics on physicians and their specialties, as well as an estimate of the population.

Following are the 2017 Health Indicators: 

                                                             Demographic Indicators 
Area (km2)2,000,000


Estimated population (in thousands)32,552
Saudi  / Total population (%)63
Non-Saudi  / Total population (%)37
Annual population growth ratio (%) to total population2.52
Children <5 years (%)8.4
Children <15 years (%)24.7
Older adults 65+ years (%)3.2

Vital Statistics 
Crude birth rate/ 1000 population17.23
Crude mortality rate/1000 population2.9
Life expectancy at birth (years) 
Total Fertility Rate2.4
Neonatal mortality rate/1000 live births2.74
Infant mortality rate/1000 live births4.82
Under 5 years mortality rate/1000 live births8.05
Maternal mortality rate/ 100٫000 live births12


Economic Indicators​
GDP per capita (in USD)20,968
MOH budget (% to total State budget)7.61


Health Resources 
Total KSA hospitals487
MOH hospitals282
CBAHI accredited MOH hospitals26
Other governmental hospitals47
Other CBAHI accredited governmental hospitals6
Private hospitals158
CBAHI accredited private hospitals54
MOH hospital beds43,080
Other governmental hospital beds12,279
Private hospital beds17,622
Total beds in the Kingdom72,981
MOH primary healthcare centers (PHCCs)2,361
Private polyclinics2,767
Private clinics61
Red Crescent ambulance centers404
Red Crescent ambulances 1,210


  • Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy Colleges: 
Colleges of Medicine30
Colleges of Dentistry20
Colleges of Pharmacy21


Colleges of Medicine 6
Colleges of Dentistry6
Colleges of Pharmacy8


Rates of Health Resources Per 10,000 Population  
Physicians in KSA (including dentists)30.1
Dentists  in KSA4.8
Pharmacists  in KSA8.7
Nurses in KSA (including midwives)57.0
Allied health personnel  in KSA34.4
MOH hospital beds13.2
Other governmental hospital beds3.8
Private hospital beds5.4
Total hospital beds in KSA22.4


Rates of MOH Resources Per 10,000 Population 
Physicians (including dentists)14.3
Nurses (including midwives)31.9
Allied health personnel18.3


Health Manpower: 

Physicians (including dentists)46,605
Nurses including midwives103,990
Allied health personnel59,646
MOH employees on overseas scholarships 1,711
MOH employees on domestic scholarships7,870
MOH employees who received training 263,806


Other Governmental Sectors  
Physicians (including dentists)17,629
Pharmacists 2,304
Nurses (including midwives)35,808
Allied health personnel30214


Private Sector  
Physicians (including dentists)33,840
Pharmacists 22,155
Nurses (including midwives)45,895
Allied health personnel22,001


Total Health Manpower in KSA
Physicians (including dentists) 98,074
Nurses (including midwives)185,693
Allied health personnel111,861


Saudis Working in Health Sectors (%)
Ministry of Health%
Physicians (including dentists)36
Nurses (including midwives)57.9
Allied health personnel93


Other Governmental Sectors  
Physicians (including dentists)51.7
Nurses (including midwives)14.7
Allied health personnel73.3


Private Sector  
Physicians (including dentists)8.9
Nurses (including midwives)5.8
Allied health personnel27


Total Health Manpower in KSA
Physicians (including dentists)29.5
Nurses (including midwives)36.7
Allied health personnel74.7


  • Health Activities:
Total PHCC visits (in millions)50.2
OPD visits (in millions)11.9
ER visits (in millions)18.9
Inpatients (in millions)1.4
Day surgeries133,213
Dialysis centers186
Hemodialysis patients12,776
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients550
Laboratory tests (in millions)153
Radiological tests (in millions)6.9
Cases referred by medical authorities for domestic treatment76,555
Cases referred by medical authorities for treatment abroad2,401
Number of Home Medicine Program beneficiaries since its launch72,076


Health Activities in All KSA Health Sectors
Total PHCC and OPD visits (in millions)   144
Inpatients (in millions)3.3
Surgeries (in millions)1.6
Laboratory tests (in millions)341
Radiological tests (in millions)21.3
Average visits per person in a year4.4
Average admissions per 100 Persons in a year10


Other Health Indicators 
Underweight newborns (%)8.65
Basic immunization coverage (%)  ​
Hexa. vaccine*98
Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV)                                  96
BCG tuberculosis vaccine97
MMR vaccine96
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)98
​* Diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, Hib, hepatitis B & inactivated polio  
** Measles, mumps & rubella​  


Incidence Rate Per 100,000 Population 
Whooping cough (pertusis)0.065
Neonatal tetanus/1000 live births0.009
Major Causes of Death Reported by MOH Hospitals by Disease Category (according to the International Classification of Diseases - ICD-10) ​​
Injury, poisoning or certain other consequences of external causes17.8
Diseases of the circulatory system  16.4
Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period      6.9
Diseases of the respiratory system                                  4.3
Neoplasms                                                                4.2
Diseases of the genitourinary system                    3.2
Certain infectious or parasitic diseases                                 3.1
Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities                     2.7
Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases      2.4
Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified  34.8


Last Update : 21 September 2020 10:39 PM
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