Kuwait prepares to impose 'visitor' medical fees

Mandatory health insurance expected to reduce pressure on hospitals, cut medical waste
Kuwait prepares to impose 'visitor' medical fees
By Staff writer
Mon 19 Dec 2016 12:54 PM

A new law requiring expats who enter Kuwait on a ‘visit’ visa to pay fees for medical insurance will likely be passed by the parliamentary Health Affairs Committee this week, local media said.

The bill was shelved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pending further discussion, but was later approved by the government after being proposed for a second time by MP Khaleel Al Saleh, reported The Times Kuwait.

The law requires sponsors of visiting expats to offer a comprehensive health policy recognised by a licensed insurance company so they receive free health services throughout their period of stay in Kuwait.

Al Saleh said the “necessary” law is one of the key steps needed to reduce pressure on government hospitals and cut medical wastage. Kuwait this year unveiled a multibillion-dollar health strategy intended to improve service provision and reduce the country’s large number of outbound medical tourists.

According to the newspaper, Al Saleh added that a health insurance policy for expats would save public funds by activating the role of the private sector.

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