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Since 1970, Oman has witnessed rapid and significant improvements in health made possible largely because of the country’s success in building a state-of-the-art health care infrastructure. This paper presents Oman’s experience in health development, analyses the whole system, highlights its strengths and delineates the factors to which Oman’s success could be attributed. Furthermore, health care financing and expenditures, health care workforce, the delivery system, quality and other issues are discussed in detail. The paper intends also to study thoroughly the organisation of Oman’s health system and discuss health policy, and planning in Oman. This analysis could serve as a source of information for future investigation and development of the health system in Oman.


Health system Health planning Health outcomes Oman

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Alshishtawy, M. M. (2010). Four Decades of Progress Evolution of the health system in Oman. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal, 10(1), 12–22. Retrieved from