Challenges of privatizing academic medical centers in Saudi Arabia and appropriate strategies for implementation

  • Ahmed Al Kuwaiti, Fahd A. Al Muhanna
  • International Journal of Health Governance, January 2020, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/ijhg-06-2019-0048

Privatizing AMCs in Saudi

What is it about?

In this paper, the authors discuss the challenges faced in privatizing AMCs in delivering their core functions such as patient care, medical education and research. Further, the appropriate strategies are listed to overcome these challenges in privatization of AMCs.

Why is it important?

The authors described the benefits of privatization that include a reduction in the financial burden on government healthcare expenditure, quick decision making and creation of new financial models to improve healthcare services. On the other hand, the profit motive of private management could create pressure on patients and may divert AMCs from their primary objectives. Therefore, it is imperative for the government to develop and implement appropriate strategies that balance the benefits of privatizing AMCs with eliminating the negative impact of privatization on patient care, medical education and research.


Dr Ahmed Al Kuwaiti
Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam

Though AMCs privatization is currently feasible in Saudi Arabia, appropriate strategies are essential to overcome the challenges of its implementation. The government should frame a uniform rules and regulations prior to privatizing public hospitals so that it will fulfill the purpose in an efficient manner.

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