The Ministry of Health has praised the role played by private hospitals in Oman in strengthening the overall healthcare sector as well ably supporting public healthcare in its march to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Mazen bin Jawad al Khabouri, director general of the Directorate General of Private Health Institutions in the Ministry of Health, said that private health institutions are one of the main pillars of the health system in the sultanate along with the rest of the government health institutions.
He said that Oman currently has 1,696 private hospitals and medical centres, including 31 private hospitals, 335 health centres and complexes, and 129 public clinics, in addition to 1,201 health institutions comprising other specialised clinics such as dental and dermatology clinics, laboratories, optical shops and corporate clinics.
“The licensing of these private health institutions is carried out by the Directorate General of Private Health Institutions after completing all the requirements that qualify them to provide health services of a high level, ensuring the health and safety of healthcare recipients,” he said.
Dr Khabouri indicated that private health institutions are subject to supervision and control by committees and evaluation teams at the central and governorate levels on a regular basis to ensure their adherence and fulfillment of professional standards and the controls and policies approved for the law of practicing the medical profession.
He said that health insurance has played an important role in the development of the private healthcare sector as insurance companies provide packages of various kinds, whether for workers in the private and government sectors or the rest of society.
With regard to the role of private health institutions in combating coronavirus, Dr Khabouri said that since the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, private health institutions have had a role in combating this disease by preparing their facilities in accordance with the requirements and controls to limit its spread.