Development of Regional Planning Criteria for Health Services in the City of Riyadh

Suleiman S. Abu-Kharmeh

Abstract


This study aimed at developing criteria for planning health services in the city of Riyadh through assessing the actual distribution of these services and comparing them with planning criteria adopted by the Municipality of Riyadh, local, Arab and foreign cities, in order to propose planning criteria that best serve citizens of Riyadh city more fairly and efficiently. Data related to health services and their attributes were gathered and incorporated into a GIS database. The results of the study showed regarding the primary health centers that the criterion of the service’s coverage rate of the Riyadh Municipality was slightly applied, notwithstanding the criterion of the served population was moderately applied, the criterion of the square meters of land per capita was slightly applied, the criterion of the served population was asymptotic to that one in Dubai. The criterion of the land's area allocated to per capita was relatively high in comparison with other cities. While the results regarding hospitals showed that the criterion of the service's coverage rate for the municipality was moderately applied, the criterion of the served population was asymptotic to that one in Dubai and the criterion of the land’s area allocated to per capita was relatively high in comparison with other cities.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/jsd.v5n6p124



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