Illegals pay double fees at public medical facilities
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.
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.
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.
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.