根据中东AgfaHealthCare Solutions的总经理Ziyad Neilbin Issa表示，由于受到诸如人口增长、城市化、政府医疗投资计划的增加,与生活方式有关的如糖尿病、高血压、肥胖和癌症等疾病流行,这几个因素导致了中东医疗设备市场需求的巨大增长。
Saudi Arabian healthcare budget poised toreach $47.7 billion by 2017
The healthcare andmedical equipment industries in the Middle Eastand Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are on track for robust growth in the nextfew years, especially as countries in the region have announced massive plansto build hospitals and advanced medical centers, in addition to expanding theircurrent facilities.
Specifically, Saudi Arabia announced a massiveplan to increase the number of hospitals around the Kingdom, and incorporate abig healthcare digitization plan to help exchange patient information acrossthe country with the target of providing better healthcare services to patientswherever they are located and whenever they need it. Saudi Arabian healthcarebudget for 2013 reached $27.4 billion and is expected to achieve remarkablegrowth in the coming years to reach $47.7 billion by 2017.
According to Ziyad Neil bin Issa, GeneralManager of Agfa HealthCare Solutions in the Middle East, the medical equipmentmarket is experiencing tremendous growth driven by several factors such aspopulation growth, urbanization, increase in government healthcare investments,initiatives and strategies, and the increasing prevalence of lifestyle-relateddiseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and cancer.