New health charges for expats and visitors in Kuwait are set to increase by almost 500 percent by mid-February, according to the new price list prepared by the health ministry health minister Dr Jamal Al-Harby
Fees of the services and medical examination provided by the MoH will be 20% less than that prevailed in the private sector, according to the ministry.
The price hike aims to reduce the number of visitors who seek to take advantage of low healthcare charges in the country, reported Al-Rai daily.
Al-Harby said medical service costs are now a burden on the state’s general budget due to rising prices of medical equipment and medication. He said advanced medical examinations and nuclear tests that are not currently available in the private sector will be charged 50% of the cost.
The new charges for the treatment of tumours with TheraSphere will increase from $330 (KD100) to $1,635 (KD500) for expats and $16,350 (KD5,000) for visitors. Treatment of bone cancer with isotopes will increase from $165 (KD50) to $1,635 (KD500) for expats and $3,270 (KD1,000) for visitors while charges for x-rays and laboratory tests such as thyroid gland testing will rise from $50 (KD15) to $130 (KD40) for expats and $295 (KD90) for visitors.
Cardiac test fees will also increase from $33 (KD10) to $165 (KD50) for expats and $330 (KD100) for visitors while ischemic heart testing charges will rise from $100 (KD30) to $165 (KD50) for expats and $330 (KD100) for visitors. Blood plasma test charges will go up from $65 (KD20) to $820 (KD250) for expats and $1,540 (KD470) for visitors.
Additionally, pregnancy ultrasound charges will increase from $33 (KD10) to $100 (KD30) and CT scans will now cost $260 (KD80) and MRI scans $390 (KD120).
The health minister revealed that the effects of the decision on limited income expat labour will be studied further on and that the increase in prices will only apply to expats who represent two-thirds of the total population of the country.