Kuwait proposes reducing medications given to expats. This comes as the MoH is preparing to submit a plan aimed at reducing spending for the upcoming fiscal year.
15 September 2021, 12:00 AM
30 September 2021, 12:00 AM
Kuwait’s Ministry of Health is working on presenting a plan to the Cabinet of Ministers to reduce the amount of medicines dispensed in hospitals and healthcare centres to expats, local media reported.
The government is working on cutting spending as Kuwait is witnessing a liquidity crunch. For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, Kuwait recorded a 10.8 billion Kuwaiti dinar deficit, the highest to date.
Ministry of Health is also preparing to submit a plan aimed at reducing spending for the upcoming fiscal year, as well as cutting spending in the current budget by 10 per cent.
The Ministry of Health is also studying the possibility of reducing the number of scholarships awarded for health major students. In addition, they are considering reducing the number of patients sent abroad for treatment, limiting it only to critical cases, a government source told the daily.
Health care is heavily subsidised in Kuwait, as citizens and residents have access to governmental hospitals at extremely reduced prices. For Kuwaiti citizens, the government pays for patients to travel abroad to get treated and for surgeries.