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Kuwait set to introduce sweeping healthcare reforms

Kuwait recently revamped its healthcare scheme for treatment abroad by slashing daily allowances offered to patients and their companions.

The decision forms part of wide-sweeping measures that aim to improve healthcare locally and reduce the need to send patients abroad.

According to the new plan adopted by the cabinet on Monday, a patient is sent abroad for treatment will get KD75 a day, instead of KD100. His first companion will receive only KD50 a day, while the second companion will no longer be offered the financial benefit of KD100, an will have only the air ticket.

Kuwait nationals have benefited from the generous healthcare scheme by the government for long time now. However, several lawmakers are of the opinion that the scheme has been abused at several levels, including the process of selecting the patients who are sent abroad for treatment. The health officials have now pledged to resolve the issue.

According to cabinet sessions lately, the Health Ministry would recruit outstanding consultants from across the world to treat patients in Kuwait, rather than send them abroad.

The Health Ministry will also work to encourage renowned clinics to open facilities in Kuwait aiming to reduce the number of patients who seek treatment abroad.

Several measures and requirements have also been used to ease local investors to open medical facilities in the country and boost the standards of local medical services. The health ministry will begin referring patients in specific cases to local private medical facilities, the cabinet said.

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