Kuwait expats could be hit with health insurance fees

Gulf state proposes mandatory health insurance policies for all visiting expats
By Staff writer
Thu 28 Jul 2016 01:28 PM

Expats in Kuwait on a visit visa will have to subscribe to mandatory health insurance under new proposals from the government.

The Kuwait government has approved an MP’s proposal to impose health service fees on ‘visitors’, in order to trim costs and reduce pressure on public hospitals, according to a local newspaper.

Kuwait Times quoted MP Khalil Al Saleh as saying his proposal had been accepted when it was discussed at the parliamentary health committee on May 23.

Under the plans, it will be mandatory for sponsors applying for a visit visa for an expat to also attach a health policy, under which the visitor would receive private health services in the country.

Al Saleh said his proposal is similar to insurance policies available for expats elsewhere in the region.

“Imposing a comprehensive health policy for visitors to Kuwait will guarantee lesser squandering and preserve public funds, [as well as] limiting the chaos in presenting treatment and activating the role of the private sector,” the newspaper said.

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