Flu Treatment Proves Expensive in Saudi, Experts Say

16 August 2009 (Last Updated August 16th, 2009 18:30)

The cost to state hospitals of treating H1N1 influenza patients in Saudi Arabia has been estimated at SR28,000 each week according to specialist doctors, the Saudi Gazette reports. The cost is so high because of the microbiology technology being used for detailed and quick results,

The cost to state hospitals of treating H1N1 influenza patients in Saudi Arabia has been estimated at SR28,000 each week according to specialist doctors, the Saudi Gazette reports.

The cost is so high because of the microbiology technology being used for detailed and quick results, the news service said.

Saudi Arabia's Government has recently announced that it will bear the costs of treating H1N1 flu patients in all public and private hospitals.