Il­le­gals pay dou­ble fees at pub­lic med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

Il­le­gal res­i­dents in Kuwait re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ment as visi­tors, which means that they have to pay a KD 5 fee for med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion at pub­lic poly­clin­ics, in ad­di­tion to ex­tra fees for other ser­vices such as ra­di­ol­ogy tests and ward hos­pi­tal­iza­tion. “The ward

In ad­di­tion, Dr Harbi said that such pa­tients usu­ally have to pay dou­ble fees for surg­eries, adding that many of them pre­fer seek­ing med­i­cal ser­vices at pri­vate hos­pi­tal to get quicker ser­vice, es­pe­cially since they pay would al­most be the same as what they would have to pay in a pub­lic hos­pi­tal.

In other news, Dr Harbi is due to give or­ders to fill in sev­eral va­cant posts within the min­istry, in­clud­ing his pre­vi­ous post of as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for as­sist­ing med­i­cal ser­vices, and that of the as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for tech­ni­cal af­fairs. More­over, Harbi is sched­uled to sign a min­is­te­rial de­cree within a few days per­tain­ing form­ing a spe­cial com­mit­tee to ex­am­ine the over­seas treat­ment pro­gram files.

Fi­nan­cial com­mit­tee

The par­lia­ment’s fi­nan­cial af­fairs com­mit­tee is due to dis­cuss a bill to­day on Kuwait’s con­tri­bu­tion in the cap­i­tal of the Asian In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Bank. Headed by chair­man MP Kha­laf Du­maitheer and with the at­ten­dance of Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Anas Al-Saleh, the com­mit­tee is also due to dis­cuss the State Au­dit Bureau’s re­port on as­sess­ing the ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive­ness of the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity of In­dus­try’s op­er­a­tion sys­tems as well as the bian­nual re­port about pri­va­ti­za­tion. In other news, MP Saleh Ashour crit­i­cized what he de­scribed as ‘sec­tar­ian calls made in speeches out­side the Rus­sian em­bassy’ and stressed that those calls are af­ter di­vid­ing Kuwait. He also urged the in­te­rior min­istry to hold those re­spon­si­ble for such calls ac­count­able.

De­ci­sions ex­am­ined

Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and Min­is­ter of State for Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs Dr Faleh Al-Azeb an­nounced form­ing a spe­cial com­mit­tee to ex­am­ine the min­is­te­rial de­ci­sions is­sued pre­vi­ously in the jus­tice min­istry, as well as to ex­am­ine the work of var­i­ous com­mit­tees and can­cel any un­nec­es­sary ones. Fur­ther, Azeb said that he would dis­cuss the de­ci­sion to re­fer former Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Pub­lic An­ticor­rup­tion Au­thor­ity Ah­mad Al-Ru­maihi to re­tire­ment with the au­thor­ity’s of­fi­cials. In ad­di­tion, Azeb said that he would work on re­duc­ing di­vorce rates through study­ing the var­i­ous rea­sons that lead to di­vorce, in ad­di­tion to age cat­e­gories, and then sug­gest­ing proper so­lu­tion. He also noted that he would de­velop the ju­di­ciary sys­tem and sup­port judges’ de­mands. Me­dia wise, Azeb said that the min­istry’s pub­lic re­la­tion em­ploy­ees would be sub­jected to spe­cial train­ing cour­ses.

New direc­tors

A di­rec­tive was recently is­sued to as­sign five Kuwait Na­tional Pe­tro­leum Com­pany (KNPC) man­agers to as­sume act­ing po­si­tions in Kuwait In­te­grated Petro­chem­i­cal In­dus­tries Com­pany un­til fur­ther no­tice. Ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tive, Tareq Al-Houtti would be ap­pointed as act­ing le­gal af­fairs man­ager, Mo­hammed Man­sour Al-Ajmi would be ap­pointed as act­ing main­te­nance man­ager at Al-Zour re­fin­ery, Ali Mo­hammed Al-Ajmi would be ap­pointed as act­ing op­er­a­tions man­ager at the re­fin­ery, Na­dia Ha­jji would be ap­pointed as act­ing plan­ning man­ager and Ab­dur­rah­man Al-Alyan would be ap­pointed as act­ing hu­man re­sources and man­power de­vel­op­ment man­ager.

KUWAIT: Kuwait Fire Ser­vice Direc­torate (KFSD) or­ga­nized an aware­ness cam­paign Fri­day evening at the Ju­laia desert camp, in co­op­er­a­tion with EQUATE and the Min­istry of In­te­rior. The goal of the cam­paign is to spread aware­ness among campers re­gard­ing com­mon fire pre­ven­tion and safety pro­ce­dures. Mean­while, fire ex­tin­guish­ers were dis­trib­uted to campers as well. —By Hanan Al-Saadoun

Health Min­is­ter Dr Ja­mal Al-Harbi

fees grad­u­ally in­crease the longer a pa­tient stays,” Min­is­ter of Health Dr Ja­mal Al-Harbi said, adding that the min­istry can­not pre­vent peo­ple liv­ing il­le­gally in Kuwait from re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at pub­lic hos­pi­tals for hu­man­i­tar­ian rea­sons.

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