Anemia treatment medication is available in some hospitals and doctors say they are not the only ones.
“This is not a problem with the hospitals.
This is a problem of the hospitals,” said Dr Tawfiq Alshari, a member of the Saudi Arabian Medical Association.
The Saudi Arabia Health Ministry said there are no specific reasons for the shortage, but added that “in cases where the hospital has an excess of patients with anemia, the hospital can use a third-party company to take care of the patients without the need for hospital resources”.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that has a law which requires hospitals to treat patients with a type of anemia called hemophilia.
The law has not been implemented because of lack of resources, but hospitals are now reluctant to use it because it is more expensive.
The government also plans to expand the use of third-parties to treat people with anemic diseases, such as anemia.
This will require new hospitals to be built and the construction of the hospital will be financed by an additional tax of $6 billion.
But it will also require new doctors and nurses.
The country has an average of more than 1.2 million anemic patients.
There are about 1,800 registered anemic hospitals, but only 5,400 are functioning properly.
According to the Health Ministry, about 3,000 of those are operated by the private sector and 2,000 by the government.
There is also a shortage of specialists and the government does not have enough qualified medical personnel to treat all of the anemic people, Dr Alshriari said.
Saudi Arabia’s health minister, Dr Mohammed al-Sheikh, said on Tuesday that he was considering building new hospitals in the capital, Riyadh, in order to address the shortage.
“We need to increase the number of hospitals and improve the quality of care,” he said.
The health ministry did not say when or if it would issue a decree allowing new hospitals.
Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab said the Saudi health minister has been talking about a plan for building new health facilities for an extended period, but that this plan was “not in the cards”.