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October 2001

Ophthalmology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(10):1539-1543. doi:10.1001/archopht.119.10.1539

IN THE SECOND HALF of the 20th century, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia utilized the wealth generated by its vast oil reserves to develop and modernize every enterprise in the country, including health care services. Today, there are 1648 primary health care centers, 314 hospitals, and 44 920 hospital beds providing medical services comparable to those of Western countries to a rapidly growing population of nearly 18 million citizens. Because of the prevalence of blinding disorders, considerable effort has been put into providing access to modern ophthalmic care for all Saudi citizens.

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