Health insurance for expats in Kuwait set to jump 165% in 2017

Officials say higher costs do not reflect charges of expats’ medical services in Kuwait

Health insurance costs for expats working in Kuwait’s private sector will rise from $165 (KD50) to $430 (KD130) in 2017, according the CEO of Kuwait Health Assurance Company (KHAC).

Dr Ahmad Al- Saleh, CEO of KHAC, the company that oversees provision of expat healthcare in the country, said the increase in charges will be in line with the new independent healthcare system for foreigners.

The rise in charges will not reflect the actual cost of health services being offered to expats in Kuwait, Al-Saleh told Arab Times.

“The total number of expatriates who will benefit from this project will be about 2 million excluding those categorised as housemaids," Al-Saleh said.

DHAMAN, the name of the independent healthcare system for expats, will be carried out in two phases of which the first will begin in Q1 2017 in primary healthcare centres and the second will begin by the end of 2019.

The ministry of health said it will issue necessary licenses for medical centres which provide services for expats in the private sector, assistant undersecretary for private sector health services Dr Mohammad Al-Khashti said.

He said DHAMAN will also build three hospitals in Jahra, Farwaniya and Ahmadi as part of its plan to provide services to expats through a total of 15 healthcare centres.

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Posted by: James

Hit the expats again just what do you expect us to do demand larger pay rises or leave I for one am leaving.
I gave 8 years to your country and all you want is us to pay for your inefficient government yet when major employers don't follow labor law were ripped off all sides well Kuwait it's time

Posted by: George

I understand that in Kuwait you pay or your employer pays around 500 dhs for your health card and when you go to a government health facility you pay 20 dhs to see a doctor? If they raise your health rates even significant, it would never be the amount we pay in the UAE for health premiums that are mandatory and the other health costs we endure?. Don't move here, you are better off going to another GCC country that have not increased their health fees.

Posted by: John

I recently travelled to Bumrungrad hospital in Bangkok for medical treatment from the UAE and I honestly thought I was in Dubai from the amount of GCC nationals seeking treatment there. I recall many puzzled faces on my doctors there questioning why so many residents from the UAE travel to Bangkok from a society that is portrayed in the press as being modern and progressive. A common complaint I understand is the level of care in the UAE and Kuwait is far worse. Patients are intelligent enough to see through the doctors with nice suits in beautiful buildings. Expats in the GCC, on a general level, prefer to leave the country for major medical care. Interestingly, an Emirates steward told me that planes are full to Germany, and they are not migrants, they are medical patients. Something is wrong in the GCC as a whole when all this money can finance beautiful cities, but seem to have shortfalls in the level of medical care - the wealth seems futile.

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