Kuwait eyes higher medical fees for expats

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Kuwait’s government is considering increasing fees it charges expatriates in the Gulf state for medical services in a bid to boost revenues and reduce overcrowding at facilities, it was reported.

According to English language daily Kuwait Times, the Ministry of Health is currently investigating the possibility of collecting higher fees for services including medical checkups, surgeries and x-rays, among others.

“There is a belief within the ministry that the fees are currently inadequate to the quality of services given,” an anonymous source close to the investigation told the newspaper.

The report did not provide details on when the proposal would be referred to the oil-rich Gulf state’s Health Minister Mohammad Al-Haifi, or when the rise in fees may be introduced.

Last month, lawmakers in Kuwait proposed reducing overcrowding at the country’s medical facilities by designating specific hours of the day that nationals and expats can seek medical assistance, in a proposal some described as racist.

Under the plan, only Kuwaitis would be allowed to attend hospitals and clinics in the morning, while non-nationals would be treated only in the evening.

Staff also would be segregated according to their nationality, while emergencies would be excluded from the plan.

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Posted by: Aby

Dont know whether to laugh or cry at this. The idea of prioitising care for one group over anotheris absolutely appalling and socially regressive. If you're sick you're sick, does it matter if you are kuwaiti or not. I would image from a clinicians point of view it doesnt matter if they are dealing with a kuwaiti housewife or a taxi driver they want to provide the best possible care to their patients. All that would happen is that kuwaitis are queuing with,kuwaitis and expats with expats. Ridiculous idea.

Also dont know if anyones noticed but most of the nurses at hospitals seem to be non kuwaitis. They'd end up with not much staffing in the mornings.

Posted by: jon

this is wrong in all levels, whats wrong with them?

Posted by: Mark Zoro

Did someone say that Aparthied was Dead? Looks like the ugly head of aparthied keeps on popping somewhere.

Greed and the Rich get more greedy.

Posted by: procan

Hey Zoro just kicking around a few ideas....how about western medical staff for westerners .Middle Eastern medical staff for Kuwaitis. Try that for sat 1 year see how that works out for them.

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