Hospitals and Doctors in Al Khobar/ “The Islamic Roots of the Modern Hospital”

There are many hospitals here to choose from. Usually you find the ones you can attend with your insurance plan, by calling to the hospital directly. Aramco employees have their own facilities. Website links are not here for all, as they are not secure.

Al Mouwasat

Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib https://hmg.com.sa/en/Medical-Facilites/Pages/default.aspx?itemid=19

Procare https://procare.com.sa/

Almana

Gama

How do I see a Doctor?

Here the way folks go to a Dr. is a bit different than other countries. There are private doctor offices that are affiliated with hospitals. The norm here is that your doctor’s office will be at the hospital. You can make an appointment or walk-in, but be prepared to wait if a walk-in. Doctor’s hours are different here too. Some days they can only work mornings and others afternoons. Usually you will find doctors from 8am to 12pm, and then 4pm to 8pm.

Doctors themselves are both men and women. Generally they are from Saudi, Lebanon, Egypt. Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, India and many have studied abroad in the UK, US, etc.

If you have a condition you already know about, it’s best to look online for a doctor before travelling. Just so that if you needed to choose to go somewhere and you’re a newbie to Al Khobar, you already have the information for the doctor/hospital.

Our favorite hospitals and doctors both for us and the kids are Al Mouwasat and Almana. Procare and Gama are ok, however having to go from one area like registration, to another to get a paper stamped and pharmacy prescription filled takes time and energy. No matter which hospital you go to it takes time here. Just be prepared to be patient. They do like stamped papers!

For a history on Islamic roots in beginnings of hospital practise, please see link at bottom. I added excerpt from the online article.

“The Islamic Roots of the Modern Hospital” written by David W. Tschanz, March/April 2017, published in AramcoWorld.com

The hospital shall keep all patients, men and women, until they are completely recovered. All costs are to be borne by the hospital whether the people come from afar or near, whether they are residents or foreigners, strong or weak, low or high, rich or poor, employed or unemployed, blind or signed, physically or mentally ill, learned or illiterate. There are no conditions of consideration and payment; none is objected to or even indirectly hinted at for non-payment. The entire service is through the magnificence of God, the generous one.

—policy statement of the bimaristan ofal-Mansur Qalawun in Cairo, c. 1284 ce”

“The modern West’s approach to health and medicine owes countless debts to the ancient past: Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Rome and India, to name a few. The hospital is an invention that was both medical and social, and today it is an institution we take for granted, hoping rarely to need it but grateful for it when we do. Almost anywhere in the world now, we expect a hospital to be a place where we can receive ease from pain and help for healing in times of illness or accidents.

We can do that because of the systematic approach—both scientifically and socially—to health care that developed in medieval Islamic societies. A long line of caliphs, sultans, scholars and medical practitioners took ancient knowledge and time-honored practices from diverse traditions and melded them with their original research to feed centuries of intellectual achievement and drive a continual quest for improvement. Their bimaristan, or asylum of the sick, was not only the true forerunner of the modern hospital, but also virtually indistinguishable from the modern multi-service healthcare and medical education center.

The bimaristan served variously as a center of treatment, a convalescent home for those recovering from illness or accident, a psychological asylum and a retirement home that gave basic maintenance to the aged and infirm who lacked a family to care for them.”

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