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[Comment] Oil prices, climate change—health challenges in Saudi Arabia

In December, 2015, Saudi Arabia reported a US$98 billion budget deficit (about 15% of gross domestic product [GDP]) in 2015 with no improvement projected for 2016.1 Saudi Arabia has been resilient during oil price fluctuations in the past, so the new government budget came as a surprise. The new spending plan reflects several measures to curb subsidies, raise revenue, and improve healthy lifestyles.2

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