This chapter includes the following articles.
The Bahraini constitution guarantees access to health care for all nationals. The government budget allocation for health care rose from $1.4bn in fiscal year 2011/12 to $1.8bn for 2013/14, while the sector currently contributes 2.5% to GDP, a figure set to grow to 7% by the end of the decade. Attitudes towards health issues among the local population shifting in recent times; an increased focus on healthy living is expected to fuel demand for health products while the government’s drive to increase the participation of the private sector to meet the medical needs of the growing population will provide further opportunities moving forward. As well as catering to local demands, government efforts are in place to expand Bahrain’s medical tourism offering, with various projects aimed at capturing a slice of the GCC’s medical tourist market.