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Expat medical fee likely to surge in Kuwait

Ministry of Health is planning to increase the medical fee for expats by 15 percent, particularly for medical examination services, which will be free only for emergency cases.

The ministry is said to be following its health reform agenda, which was announced recently, to control any disorder in this domain. The ministry aims to increase medical fee after a comprehensive study, which was discussed during the meeting of medical councils.

The study was about cost of medical system and apparatuses, and services related to medical examinations which are now being offered to expats at low cost in public hospitals. However, these examinations are ten times more expensive in private hospitals.

Meanwhile, the procedures taken by ministry to control the number of overseas treatment cases have led to its reduction by nearly 50 percent. The sources explained that the number of patients sent to London for treatment has reduced from 1,100 to 500 recently.

This was more so because of the procedures that were recently applied to reduce financial allocations provided to patients companions.

The Parliamentary Health, Social and Labour Affairs Committee have approved the proposal which require foreigners who enter the country on visit visas to obtain health insurance.

Speaking to reporters after the committee meet on Monday, the Committee Rapporteur MP Sadoun Al-Hammad Al-Otabi said that the committee discussed the proposal, particularly the need to get approval from the concerned authorities to implement it.

Meanwhile, observers are of the opinion that health insurance proposal is a bid to curb medical tourism which is getting rampant.

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