Shaymaa Alotaibi

The Implementation of Public-Private Partnerships in Public Primary Healthcare Centres in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its Effectiveness Regarding the Quality of Care

Supervisors: Professor Martin Powell and Professor Russell Mannion

Shaimaa AlotaibiThe Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) provides free healthcare services to all Saudis. Meanwhile, the KSA’s health sector is facing many challenges e.g., population growth, high demand for services, a sharp increase in non-communicable diseases, and changes in population lifestyle. Thus, this model of services delivery is neither sustainable nor efficient.

As part of 2030’s Vision, the KSA government published a National Transformation Program (NTP) for all the targeted sectors in the country including the health sector. One of the NTP aims is to increase the participation role of the private sector in the economy through privatisation and public-private partnerships (PPPs). The government intends to minimise its role regarding supervision and ownership and to give the private sector the responsibility of managing the services such as hospitals and primary health centres (PHCs).

The research aims to identify how PPPs can improve the PHCs services to meet the quality standards. This would be valuable to help the stakeholders who are working on implementing PPPs in the KSA health system, and the private sector.


  • BA Health Administration – Umm Al Qura’a University
  • MSc Healthcare Policy and Management – University of Birmingham

Research Interests

  • Health service management
  • Privatisation and PPPs in healthcare
  • Quality of care and accreditation
  • The Saudi Arabian health system


Shaymaa started her academic career in 2018 as a teaching assistant at King Abdulaziz University - College of Business.  She is interested in exploring the health care systems and their related health policy especially the KSA health system. 


Alotaibi, S. Y. (2023). Accreditation of primary health care centres in the KSA: Lessons from developed and developing countries.Journal of Taibah University Medical Sciences

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