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The Kingdom of Bahrain is recognized for its advanced level in health sector due to its remarkable achievements that have been attained over the years. Healthcare has received great attention, as it is one of the priorities of the government development programs. ‘Health-for-All’ objective was achieved early 1990s, where comprehensive health services are provided to citizens and residents of Bahrain.

As part of its continuous efforts to provide high-quality health services through the adoption of the best and latest health information technology systems, the Ministry of Health (MoH) provides its services across the National Health Information System project (I-SEHA) under the ministry’s ICT strategy as a comprehensive national health system serving all citizens in Bahrain.


Providing, supporting and developing service systems as well as healthcare in the Kingdom is part of the government’s efforts to ensure high efficiency, safety and speed in delivering the services for the public and private sectors. Consequently, law decree No. 38 of 2009 was issued to establish the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) which develops policies of the health systems and healthcare in Bahrain, in accordance with the best scientific principles and health standards adopted in the Kingdom of Bahrain. NHRA also supervises all health facilities in both sectors through direct monitoring that is legally defined and related to the licensing of health institutions, monitoring their performance and providing them with effective, safe and high-quality healthcare. The law also includes registering and pricing of medicines, licensing pharmaceutical factories, examining of patients’ complaints, validation of medical errors in addition to the granting of approvals associated with conducting medical research.


This phase was followed by the next step, in the development of the Kingdom’s health system, which included the issuing of the Royal Decree No. 5 of 2013 in the establishment of the Supreme Council of Health which was assigned with specializations of importance to the health system so as to become capable of setting national health strategy in the country. Consequently, it is necessary to complete the phases in order to seek towards developing all institutions, health services and means of providing health services in Bahrain; especially that the most significant of these means include workforce, doctors and technicians. This is initiated by developing regulated legislations to practice their profession in line with the advancement in the country’s health system.


Good health and well-being of mothers and child matters, the healthcare services provided in Bahrain are not limited to infants and children only, but the cycle starts from the close attention to pregnant women through motherhood and child care program. There are number health services dedicated to expecting women such as vaccinations, follow-up during pregnancy and checking on their health status. In addition, the program includes awareness sessions for post pregnancy such as breastfeeding, children vaccinations and other related matters.

Bahrain has embraced all these initiatives in line with Bahrain’s 2030 Strategy and to achieve Goal (3) of the sustainable development goals - Good Health and Well-Being for All Society Members.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic updates in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Find out the latest public health updates in Bahrain by visiting the new website launched by the Ministry of Health.
The website highlights the latest updates revolving around the COVID-19 pandemic:

• Directives issued by the Government of Bahrain
• Precautionary health measures and guidelines
• Summary of daily active COVID-19 cases in the Kingdom of Bahrain
• Updated news and press releases, including awareness videos and infographics.
• Weekly contact tracing reports


National Health Survey

The National Health Survey is an internationally adopted survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) and has been conducted in more than 70 countries worldwide.

The survey is carried-out by Ministry of Health and the Information & eGovernment Authority, within the framework of providing reliable, realistic health data that is capable of being compared to priority health issues and utilized as an integrated part with the health information systems.

The survey also aims at studying the health status of the Bahraini society, determining its characteristics and to recognize whether or not the current health system is achieving the desired objectives. In addition to providing a health database that will be of use to decision-makers when developing sound health policies and programs that would benefit the public.

Such strategic project comes in line with Government Action Plan as it contributes in enhancing the health information system, determining the Kingdom’s health priorities and in providing comprehensive information on the population’s health status to assist decision-makers in monitoring the integrated health system image. Furthermore, it also contributes in setting future strategies related to health expenses and insurance, human resources of the health sector; in addition to program management, monitoring and evaluation.

For more detail, please visit the National Health Survey page. 


Primary Healthcare

Primary healthcare in Bahrain is the cornerstone; it includes 23 health centers distributed across the four governorates of Bahrain. Free treatment is provided for all Bahrainis, while foreigners are required to pay seven Dinars (US$18) per visit. Citizens and Residents can book their medical appointments online for the General Clinics at the Health Centers.

The health centers provide a range of services as the following:

Support Services


Therapeutic Services


Nursing Services


Dental Services

Dental and oral health services are divided into general dental services, specialized services, educational and preventive services, through a network of dental clinics health centers in the Kingdom of Bahrain


The Ministry of Health provides extensive maternal and child care services that include the care of the pregnant women and children during pregnancy to postpartum, periodic check-ups and vaccinations as well as other supportive eServices such as Request for birth certificate and the Delivery Date Calculator.


Bahrain is home to a large number of hospitals – both public and private - with a growing number of specialists, expertise and reputable providers within the healthcare sector. 


Public Hospitals:

  • Salmaniya Medical Complex

The Salmaniya  Medical Complex is a multi-specialty healthcare facility that provides healthcare to all citizens and residents of Bahrain, inaugurated in several phases since 1959 until it was officially operated as a medical complex in 1978, and included numerous specialized departments such as secondary healthcare, in addition to its Accident and Emergency Department running urgent medical care to the sick and injured. All in-patient care services are also provided in various wards of the hospital according to the patient’s health condition and type of disease. Hospital wards are distributed based on the specialization as well as services provided in the Psychiatric Hospital of the Health Ministry.


  • Bahrain Defence Force Royal Medical Services

The Bahrain Defence Force Royal Medical Services – Military Hospital, inaugurated in 1968, is one of the most important integrated medical buildings in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The hospital received a healthcare accreditation from the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) in 2007. It has also succeeded in achieving far-reaching excellence in all of its departments.


  • King Hamad University Hospital

The King Hamad University Hospital, inaugurated in February 2012, is a qualitative leap forward for health services in the country. It provides distinctive health services locally and internationally; comprising secondary healthcare, a severe accident center and a transplant center. The hospital also include all educational facilities to serve the Medical University of Bahrain – built at the site adjacent to the King Hamad University Hospital which aims at supporting this university with the provision of educational services and practical experience for medical and nursing students at the university.

The hospital has achieved an evolutionary leap by opening the Nuclear Medicine and Radioisotopes Centre which encompasses the latest technology and medical devices in this field; thus, serving as an essential station in the history of medicine in Bahrain.

For more information, you may watch the documentary film.


Private Hospitals

Page Last Updated: 03 Nov, 2020