US-Kuwait work­ing groups to fur­ther en­hance ties

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Ben Gar­cia KUWAIT:

The num­ber of Kuwaitis re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal treat­ment in the United States has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly, newly-des­ig­nated US Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Lau­rence Sil­ver­man said yes­ter­day dur­ing a sem­i­nar to pro­mote Amer­ica. ‘Dis­cover Amer­ica Week’ is a week­long event high­light­ing dif­fer­ent as­pects of Amer­ica in­clud­ing food, mu­sic, film, sports, au­to­mo­biles, ed­u­ca­tion and tourism.

Yes­ter­day’s pro­gram was ti­tled ‘Health Con­nec­tions’ and was held at the Kuwait Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try. “While I strongly sup­port Kuwaitis re­ceiv­ing great treat­ment in Amer­ica, I also sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of new hos­pi­tals in Kuwait as part of the con­tin­ued ad­vance­ment of the health­care sec­tor,” he said.

Sil­ver­man said that he met a US health­care op­er­a­tor that will be run­ning one of the new hos­pi­tals from the be­gin­ning of next year. “Our em­bassy brought over a health­care trade del­e­ga­tion to es­tab­lish con­nec­tions with Min­istry of Health of­fi­cials as well as pri­vate sec­tor con­tacts and fa­cil­i­tate the ex­change of health­care tech­nol­ogy from the US to Kuwait. Over the com­ing years, I hope to see even more US health­care com­pa­nies be­come ac­tive,” he said.

Sil­ver­man ac­knowl­edged Kuwait faces health­care chal­lenges. How­ever, he be­lieves that US in­sti­tu­tions and com­pa­nies can help Kuwait ad­dress the chal­lenges, which not only af­fect the health of Kuwaitis, but could in­cur sig­nif­i­cant cost for Kuwait.

Yes­ter­day’s ses­sion saw three speak­ers from var­i­ous health­care in­sti­tu­tions, both in the US and Kuwait - Jose Nunez, Chief Ad­vi­sor, Hous­ton Methodist Global Health Care Ser­vices in Hous­ton Texas, Talal Braidy, Global Re­la­tions Di­rec­tor of Hous­ton Methodist Global Health Care and Mus­sad Al-Ra­zouki, Chief Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer, Kuwait Life Sciences Com­pany.

Ra­zouki spoke about health­care im­bal­ances in Kuwait and the fact that 65 per­cent of its lo­cal pop­u­la­tion wants to be treated abroad rather than pa­tron­ize its own health­care ser­vice sys­tem in Kuwait. He also men­tioned the ag­gres­sive hospi­tal projects be­ing built in Kuwait and even joked that once de­liv­ered, hospi­tal beds will be way more than ho­tel beds avail­able.

The Health Con­nec­tions sem­i­nar is one of many events re­lated to Dis­cover Amer­ica Week. Other events in­clude pro­mo­tions of many US-based fran­chisee restau­rants, films, bas­ket­ball, busi­ness ex­pos and the dis­play of many US-made prod­ucts in the lo­cal mar­ket.

KUWAIT: US Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Lau­rence Sil­ver­man, cen­ter, poses with the Health Con­nec­tions speak­ers yes­ter­day at the KCCI. — Photo by Joseph Sha­gra

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