By Neeraj Gangal
$104bn plan aims to alter education, housing, healthcare infrastructure - paper.
The healthcare sector is one of the key areas of focus in Kuwait's development plan, according to a report.
The country’s $104bn plan aims to alter its infrastructure in the education, housing, and healthcare sectors, the Kuwait Times daily reported on Thursday.
Healthcare is particularly vital for the country's steadily increasing ageing and elderly population, the daily added.
Statistics reveal that life expectancy at birth in Kuwait is increasing by 20 years within the past half century, going from 59.4 years in 1960 to 78 in 2008.
“The current number of residents in Kuwait amounts to 3.4 million, with the figure growing annually by 6.8 percent, which will see a rapidly growing ageing population within the next decade. Experts believe that this population growth, combined with increased life expectancy rates, places heavy pressure on the country's healthcare sector,” the Kuwait Times report said.
The development plan focuses on the construction of some eight public hospitals by 2016, the daily added.
Last year, Kuwait signed a memorandum of understanding with a leading UK hospital with a view to raising healthcare standards in the Gulf state.
Kuwaiti Health Minister Dr Hilal Al-Sayer said he hoped to sign a number of agreements with British healthcare organisations.
The first was inked with Guy's and St Thomas Charity Hospital in London, he said.
"The aim of the visit is to sign MoUs with a number British healthcare institutions in order to set plans and development projects for hospitals in Kuwait, especially in terms of quality of services," Al-Sayer told KUNA News Agency.
The agreement includes plans for UK officials to visit Kuwait, as well as attracting technical staff to operate hospitals in Kuwait, he added.
There is no way Kuwait can manage $104 B of investment. The current healthcare is a joke and it isn't run right. They don't pay the doctors or nurses anywhere near enough salary. Te locals physically atatck the doctors and nothing happens to them. My Kuwait helath inusrance is worthless and I am treated immediately at the hospital, clinic or doctor with CASH.