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Mon 23 Nov 2015 12:00 PM

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Compulsory health insurance scheme launched for Saudi expat visitors

All applicants for entry visitor visas will be obliged to buy the policy from next month

Compulsory health insurance scheme launched for Saudi expat visitors
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The Cooperative Health Insurance Council’s new compulsory health insurance scheme will be applied to expatriate visitors and their dependents, except haj and umrah pilgrims, guests of the state, and diplomats and visitors to foreign missions and international organisations who enter the kingdom on business, according to a report by the Saudi Gazette.

The medical insurance policy scheme will be implemented by seven cooperative health insurance companies, which have been licensed by the council to carry out electronic sales of policies.

The council has also guaranteed the policy’s maximum premium of SR100,000 ($26,664) covering emergency cases.

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