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Expat health fees to go up by 15 to 20 percent

The Health Ministry (MoH) has announced that the fees collected for health services provided to expats would go up by 15 to 20 percent, while visitors to Kuwait will have to take up mandatory health insurance before the end of the year.

A company was established last year to build three hospitals to offer medical services for expats in private sector. The hospitals are likely to be ready by 2019. The public health services offered by the ministry would be restricted to nationals and expats working in the public sector, said Undersecretary at the Ministry, Dr. Khaled Al-Sahlawi.

Speaking during a meeting with Parliament’s budget and final statement committee, Sahlawi said that the ministry has set up a committee led by him, to study the fees collected from expats for radiology, nuclear and lab tests, and compare them with those collected by the private sector.

The committee noticed a huge difference, despite the operational costs by the ministry being much higher, he said, and pointed out that the committee submitted the results of the study to Minister Ali Al-Obaidi, and expected that the new fee would be implemented soon.

Sahlawi explained that a company has been established based on public-private partnership (PPP) system in which nationals would own some shares to build three private hospitals, 15 medical centres for expats working in private sector, whose numbers range from 1.75million to 2million.




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