The Sultanate of Oman has entrusted the MOH with the responsibility of stewardship and coordination of the health sector, apart from being the principal health care provider. The MOH develops health policies, strategies and health programs and plans for the sector and also bears the preventive, curative, and rehabilitative care workload.

Oman is one of the few countries worldwide that has achieved a dramatic transformation in its health status over a remarkably short span of time. Oman’s current health indicators compare well with those of many developed countries with a remarkable control of pregnancy related mortality and morbidities, preventable diseases of childhood and other communicable diseases of public health relevance.22 This is evident from the changes in the various health indicators.

Omani nationals have free access to the country's public health care, though expatriates typically seek medical care in private sector clinics and hospitals . Generally, the standard of care in the public sector is high for a middle-income country. The country now has very low rate of disease once common communicable diseases such as measles and typhoid. Due to rapidly increasing incomes and changing lifestyles and diet, the levels of non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes are an increasing problem.

The hospitals in Oman generally provide a high quality of health care. Most of the largest and most advanced hospitals and health centers are located in Muscat, such as the Royal Hospital of Oman and the Sultan Qaaboos University Hospital.

Though the Omanis have a high life expectancy of 73.8 the nation's medical industry can not be compared to other more developed countries. Still the government is trying to develop this sector and encourage students to study medicine. Although a sizable portion of the healthcare workforce is foreign born, due to an aggressive government policy of "Omanization", this is beginning to change. The country now has an accredited medical university and many Omani doctors have obtained their medical training in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

 

                       

 

 
 

      

 
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