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
By Staff writer
Wed 19 Oct 2016 12:16 PM

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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