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Kuwaiti patients 'not allowed' to return before treatment abroad ends

Government has recently approved a $1 billion budget for its overseas treatment programme

Kuwaiti patients 'not allowed' to return before treatment abroad ends

Kuwaiti nationals who are sent abroad for medical treatments will not be allowed to return to the country before their treatment is completed, Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al Sabah has said.

The Kuwaiti government said it will ‘not abandon its people who were sent for treatment’ by the state-sponsored treatment overseas program, acting parliament speaker Mubarak Al Khurainej told Kuwait Times.

He said patients abroad will not have to pay any expenses during their time in the hospitals.

In August 2016, Kuwait’s government approved a budget of over $1 billion (KD320 million) for hospital bills of nationals receiving treatment abroad as part of its overseas treatment programme.

Its government is currently struggling with $500 million (KD150 million) worth of delayed payments to European and American hospitals where Kuwaitis are being treated.

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