Health ser­vices fees for vis­it­ing ex­pats this month: Min­is­ter

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

Health Min­is­ter Dr Ja­mal Al-Harbi said health ser­vices fees for vis­it­ing ex­pats will go into ef­fect this month. He said he re­viewed the re­vised ser­vice price list, and based on this he took the im­ple­men­ta­tion de­ci­sion. Harbi had an­nounced ear­lier that an im­por­tant meet­ing will be held af­ter Eid Al-Fitr with the health min­istry un­der­sec­re­taries’ coun­cil to dis­cuss in­creas­ing fees for ex­pats, which will be raised grad­u­ally, start­ing with those on visit visas, then for res­i­dent ex­pats. He said fees will be raised to be close to those at pri­vate hos­pi­tals.

Fee in­creases were sup­posed to take ef­fect in midFe­bru­ary, af­ter the un­der­sec­re­taries’ coun­cil ap­proved a rec­om­men­da­tion based on a study to re­view ser­vice fees and ex­am­i­na­tions the state pro­vides to vis­it­ing ex­pats, bear­ing in mind that fees will be 20 per­cent less than those in the pri­vate sec­tor. Health sources said at the time that the med­i­cal ser­vices fees had not been re­viewed for a long time and the costs of these ser­vices rep­re­sent a bur­den on the state’s bud­get.

Harbi also said a South Korean del­e­ga­tion will visit Kuwait in Au­gust to con­duct a sur­vey and an in­te­grated study to carry out the elec­tronic link­age of health fa­cil­i­ties’ project. He said the del­e­ga­tion’s visit will in­clude field vis­its to hos­pi­tals and pri­mary care cen­ters to pre­pare for the study on the time the process will take. — Al-Rai

KUWAIT: Ah­madi Gover­nor Sheikh Fawaz Al-Khaled AlHa­mad Al-Sabah hon­ored en­gi­neer Adel Al-Wu­sais, who re­cently won a gold medal dur­ing the 2017 In­ter­na­tional In­ven­tion, In­no­va­tion and Tech­nol­ogy Ex­hi­bi­tion (ITEX).

Health Min­is­ter Dr Ja­mal Al-Harbi

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