Healthcare Scenario of Oman


Are you planning to build or restructure or venture in any healthcare venture in Oman? Looking for information about the major healthcare players in Government, Private diagnostic centers that are available in Oman? Are you looking to find out which part of the of the city’s is best to venture in or what all facilities are available and what all should be planned for new setup? In this article Hospaccx Healthcare Consultancy has mapped all on major players in terms of medical facilities and healthcare scenario in Oman.

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Oman is a country in Southwest Asia on the coast of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and the Persian Gulf. Neighboring countries include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Oman has a strategic location on the Arabian Peninsula adjacent to the Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit point for crude oil. The geography of Oman is mountainous and arid. The government system is a monarchy; the chief of state and head of government is the sultan and prime Minister. Oman is a member of the League of Arab States (Arab League) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Demography Statistics

The Rural-Urban Dichotomy

Fig. 1: 78.5% of total population resides in Urban areas while remaining 21.5% population lives in Rural areas.


Oman’s economic freedom score is 61.0, making its economy the 93rd freest in the 2018 Index. Oman has a relatively diversified economy but remains dependent on oil exports. Tourism is the fastest-growing industry in Oman. The World Travel & Tourism Council stated that Oman is the fastest growing tourism destination in the Middle East. Other sources of income, agriculture and industry, are small in comparison and account for less than 1% of the country’s exports. Oman’s proved reserves of petroleum total about 5.5 billion barrels, 25th largest in the world. Oman’s natural gas reserves are estimated at 849.5 billion cubic meters. Oman has just 17 years of oil production left (at current extraction rates) and hence is under more pressure than other GCC states to invest in non-oil sectors.

Oman’s foreign workers send an estimated US$30 billion annually to their home states in Asia and Africa, more than half of them earning a monthly wage of less than US$400. The largest foreign community is from the Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and the Punjab, representing more than half of entire workforce in Oman. The main social concern for Oman is the lack of jobs and the adverse effects of subsidy reform on vulnerable households. The most recent ILO estimate of unemployment was 17% in 2017, while youth unemployment is approximately 49% – a pressing challenge in Oman where over 40% of the population is under the age of 25.

Major Corporates in Oman


Muscat International Airport is the main international airport in Oman. The Airport is well connected to all the major Metro Cities of India.

Development Plans of Oman

Healthcare Sector: Ministry of Health has ambitious plans for the Health Sector, including eight hospitals currently in the tendering process, with the tenders for four others being finalized. The biggest project currently under development is the Sultan Qaboos Medical City near Barka on the outskirts of Muscat, which is expected to open in 2018. The $1.5bn complex is reported to consist of a cluster of five hospitals, with dedicated facilities for trauma care, neck injuries, pediatric treatment and organ transplants, as well as a medical college, and research and development (R&D) facilities.

Infrastructure: Oman is all set to launch a number of projects as part of the government program to promote public-private partnership. The developments include a building for the headquarters of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, housing and office units, a separate medium-sized building for conferences, a 4-star hotel and apartments, health club and a commercial complex. This project also includes a 600-metre-long shaded walkway interspersed with office and residential buildings, with restaurants and cafes located on the ground floor.

The Healthcare Scenario in Oman

Some Important Health Statistics

The Healthcare System

The United Nations 2010 Human Development Report listed Oman at the top of the world’s 10 leading countries that have made the greatest progress in recent decades in public health. Oman’s health system was ranked number 8 by the World Health Organization. The Ministry of Health (MOH) is the main health care provider and is responsible for ensuring the availability of health policies and plans and monitoring their implementations. The health system in Oman is characterized by its universal coverage for both citizens and non-nationals.

In the late 1970s, the Sultanate of Oman had only a handful of health professionals. Many people had to travel up to four days just to reach a hospital, where hundreds of patients would already be waiting in line to see one of the country’s few doctors, most of whom were expatriates. All this changed in less than a generation, thanks to political commitment to health and oil revenues. Oman has invested consistently in a national health service and sustained that investment over time.

The Proportional Mortality

Fig. 2: NCDs (CVD, Cancers, Diabetes & Other NCDs) are estimated to account for 68% of total deaths.

Prevalent Infectious Diseases

Important, notifiable infections in Oman include tuberculosis, brucellosis (endemic in Dhofar), acute gastroenteritis, and viral hepatitis: 4.9% of the adults are seropositive for hepatitis B surface antigen and approximately 1.2% for hepatitis C virus. Infection with human immunodeficiency virus is uncommon, and leprosy, rabies, and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever are rare.

Health Expenditures

 Fig. 3: The health system in Oman is predominantly financed by the Government as Government spent more than 81% of the total health expenditure. Out of pocket expenses are 11.60% & Insurance companies spend 7.40% of total expenditure.

Health Insurance

The difficult economic environment created by low oil prices has forced some employers to reduce their medical coverage to employees. Group health insurance premiums declined by 20% last year, the government reported, while personal health insurance premiums grew by 12.5%, to US$315m in 2016. While Omanis can visit free clinics, expatriates are especially affected by these changes, and the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry has proposed that mandatory health insurance coverage be provided to all private sector workers by 2018.

The Healthcare Infrastructure

Health care is directly provided in facilities mainly owned and operated by the Government. This table shows distribution of Healthcare Infrastructure & Human Resources among Public 7 Private sector. The country’s healthcare infrastructure now boasts around 67 modern hospitals with almost 6,000 beds in addition to more than 242 health centers and close to 1,000 private clinics throughout the Sultanate.

There were 13 private hospitals and health centers in 2015, with a total of 448 beds in contrast to 49 Ministry-run government hospitals with 4,659 beds. There are three Royal Armed Forces hospitals with 323 beds, 74 beds in the Royal Oman Police hospital, and 675 beds in the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital.

Medical Colleges in Oman

Major Public Hospitals

1.Sohar Hospital – 408 Beds

Established in 1997, this is a tertiary care hospital of wilayat Sohar. It aims to cater to the population of North Batinah Region extending from Suweiq to Shinaz. It is a multispecialty hospital having a fully equipped Adult ICU, Pediatric ICU, CCU apart from facilities for Dialysis. It is a teaching hospital for students of Oman Medical College.

2.Sultan Qaboos hospital – 675 Beds

This is a tertiary care hospital in the Dhofar state capital of Salalah, Oman. It is under the administrative control of the Oman’s Ministry of Health. It has multidisciplinary departments served by doctors from south east Asia and Oman. It serves as a referral point of around 35 primary health care centers in Dhofar.

3.Khoula Hospital – 174 Beds

Khoula Hospital was established in 1974. It was the first surgical Hospital in the Sultanate of Oman. Since then, many departments and medical specialties have been added. The Hospital was chosen as an educational center recognized by the Royal Society of Orthopedics, Neurosurgery and Plastic surgery. There were more than 2300 staff working at Khoula Hospital in different specialties. This hospital is also equipped with 22 beds ICU & 53 beds NICU.

4.Royal Armed Forces Hospital – 323 Beds

The Royal Hospital is owned and administered by the Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman. Commissioned in 1987, it is an important landmark in the development of health services in the Sultanate providing specialist and super-specialist care of the highest standard.

5.Al Nahdha Hospital – 142 Beds

This hospital was opened by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said on 26th of February, 1972. At the time of opening, the available health services were medical and Eye with the total bed strength of 60. At present the hospital has 142 in-patient beds, in additional to 12 beds Day care services and 16 beds for Accident & Emergency.

Major Private Hospitals

1.Aster Al Raffah Hospital – 74 Beds

This is a JCI accredited multi-specialty hospital established in 2009. It operates under the “Aster” brand offering comprehensive Healthcare services & a wide range of medical specialties.

2.Badr Al Samaa hospital, Ruwi & Al Khoud – 80 Beds + 80 Beds

Established in 2007, both hospitals are JCI accredited hospitals famous for their infrastructure & quality services. Both hospitals are well known in all GCC countries for their services & they are providing treatment in all core specialties & facilitates services through 2000+ trained staff.

3.Muscat Private Hospital – 70 Beds

This is Oman’s premier private medical facility. It is a Tertiary Care Hospital, with world-class out-patient and in-patient facilities. Muscat Private Hospital is the first hospital in Oman to be accredited by JCI.

4.Starcare Hospital – 50 Beds

This is a multi-specialty hospital in Muscat, managed by Starcare Health Systems UK. It is designed as per American Architectural Institute standards. Starcare has achieved JCI accreditation from Joint Commission International, USA, with in 1st year of operation.

5.KIMS Oman Hospital (KOH) – 50 Beds

This is a multi-specialty hospital with inpatient and outpatient services and a pharmacy. KOH belongs to the India-based KIMS Group, which already has a strong foothold in Southern India. The Group has a total of 16 institutions in India and Gulf comprising of hospitals and medical centers. In GCC, KIMS has presence in Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi, Oman and the UAE.

6.Burjeel Hospital – 293 Beds

Burjeel Hospital is Abu Dhabi’s largest private tertiary care hospital and is part of the VPS Healthcare Group headquartered in Abu Dhabi. They offer all-round expertise, ensuring the best in diagnostic, curative as well as preventative healthcare in over 30 clinical specialties.

7.Apollo Hospital Muscat – 60 Beds

Apollo Hospital Muscat is a multi-specialty hospital which strengthens the healthcare infrastructure in Sultanate of Omanis. This hospital is associated to the Apollo Hospitals Group – India. The Apollo Hospital provides treatment in all core specialties.

Major Diagnostic Test Centers

  1. Burjeel Medical Center, Al Azaiba
  2. Awan Diagnostic Center, Azaiba.
  • Allied Diagnostics, Bawshar Street.
  1. Elixir Health Centre, Bowsher
  2. Al Afaq Medical Diagnostic & Imaging Centre LLC, Ghala Street
  3. Aafiyaa Imaging & Diagnostic Center, Bowsher


The Omani market offers solid prospects to new Private Hospitals. Oman is focused on upgrading its facilities and diagnostic capabilities. The MOH has also repeatedly stressed the need to develop innovative health care financing and insurance solutions, as the government cannot continue to sustainably finance the majority of health care in the Sultanate. The tourism industry in Oman is also growing rapidly. These factors are collectively creating new opportunities for Investors & Private Hospitals to invest in Oman.

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