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KSA probing private hospitals for ‘trading in blood’

Saudi Arabia's health ministry is investigating some hospitals in the country which are trading in blood and selling it to patients needing transfusion at excessive rates, Saudi Gazette has reported. Some of these hospitals were allegedly exploiting the need of rare blood types and selling a pint of blood for as much as SR1,800. The ministry has also begun a study in preparation for fixing the prices for blood needed for transfusion "to defeat the greed of private hospitals," the report said.