According to this article, there is currently a “healthcare catastrophe” in Iraq. Some of the deficiencies described include the country’s weak infrastructure, and a shortage of prepared medical staff. Being diagnosed with an illness is a nightmare in Iraq because the entire health care system is in complete disarray and finding a cure is almost impossible. In most cases, people cannot afford the prices for proper medical care and even so, the doctors and staff do not have access to the latest medical research. In addition, 75% of people (since 2003) have left the country after being targeted by religious extremists and criminal gangs.
Naji, Zaineb. “Iraq’s health care system crippled by staff and medical supply shortages.” Flesh & Stone. 9 Mar 2008. 31 July 2009. http://www.opednews.com/populum/linkframe.php?linkid=54300
The Saudi Arabian government funds most of the demand for health care capital and operating expenditures. However, analysts believe that government alone will not be able to continue meeting this demand, as population is growing and technology is advancing. To keep up with the pace, the Saudi Arabian government misrepresents the effectiveness of its healthcare system in order to lure foreign investments. The author notes that this growth is unsustainable without increased private sector participation. One of the main goals is to create a system that is more responsive to the health needs of Saudi citizens.
AME Info. “Booz Allen Hamilton: The New Saudi Arabian Healthcare Market.” AME Info. 12 Mar 2009. 31 July 2009. http://www.ameinfo.com/113280.html