Health insurance for expats on visit visas in Kuwait

Officials say medical treatments for foreigners could hinder those of nationals
Health insurance for expats on visit visas in Kuwait
By Staff writer
Sun 04 Sep 2016 12:27 PM

The Kuwaiti parliament’s health committee is working on measures to impose health insurance on expats entering the country on visit visas.

Officials said some expats visit Kuwait solely for the purpose of undergoing medical check-ups and procedures and in turn cause nationals to wait longer to receive their treatments, reported Kuwait Times.

The decision is one in a series of new expat-related restrictions in Kuwait.

Such restrictions include measures by MPs to substitute expat advisors in parliament with Kuwaiti or GCC nationals on the grounds of increased ‘misunderstandings’ between them and lawmakers.

In the first nine months of 2016, Kuwait deported 20,000 expats and vowed to crack down on an estimated 115,000 for violating labour and residency laws.

This week, it was named the worst country in the world for expats to live and work following a global survey by InterNations.

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