New health fees from Oc­to­ber 1

KD 100 auto in­sur­ance?

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By A Saleh

KUWAIT: Health Min­is­ter Ja­mal Al-Harbi yes­ter­day is­sued two min­is­te­rial de­ci­sions to in­crease health fees that will go into ef­fect from Oct 1 in all hos­pi­tals and health centers. The move is part of the gov­ern­ment’s plan to re­vise ser­vice fees due to the ris­ing cost of medicine and med­i­cal ser­vices, and as per the rec­om­men­da­tions of tech­ni­cal com­mit­tees that eval­u­ated health ser­vice fees at hos­pi­tals and health centers for ex­pa­tri­ates and vis­i­tors, as these fees have not changed since 1993.

The first de­ci­sion in­cludes fees for health ser­vices for non-Kuwaiti vis­i­tors and those not reg­is­tered in the health in­sur­ance sys­tem. The sec­ond de­ci­sion de­cides fees for health ser­vices for ex­pats who are in­cluded in the health in­sur­ance sys­tem. The de­ci­sions do not in­clude any in­crease in health in­sur­ance charges - these will re­main at KD 50 for an ex­pat worker, KD 40 for his wife and KD 30 each for his chil­dren.

The de­ci­sions took into con­sid­er­a­tion and ex­empted some cases over hu­man­i­tar­ian and so­cial cir­cum­stances, within the rules.

Ex­emp­tions in­clude the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: Chil­dren un­der 12 suf­fer­ing from cancer; non-Kuwaiti wife of a Kuwaiti cit­i­zen; non-Kuwaiti mother of a Kuwaiti; chil­dren of a Kuwaiti woman mar­ried to a non-Kuwaiti; in­mates of care homes; in­mates of so­cial care homes; GCC cit­i­zens; bedoons (state­less res­i­dents); mem­bers of of­fi­cial del­e­ga­tions; tran­sit pas­sen­gers; for­eign prison in­mates; schol­ar­ship stu­dents at the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry; blind pa­tients in pri­vate rooms of min­istry hos­pi­tals; all em­ploy­ees of the health min­istry, their spouses and chil­dren are ex­empt from x-ray and nu­clear medicine fees. The de­ci­sion stip­u­lates that hand­i­capped non-Kuwaitis shall be treated as Kuwaitis with re­gards to pros­thet­ics.

Mean­while, the com­mit­tee study­ing var­i­ous sub­si­dies kept the prices of petrol as is, and re­duced the prices of diesel and kerosene for Au­gust to 105 fils from 110 fils. Mean­while, UAE and Oman raised prices of all types of petrol and diesel, while Qatar kept prices as is.

Sep­a­rately, gov­ern­ment sources told Al-An­baa daily that Kuwaiti in­sur­ance com­pa­nies are seek­ing of­fi­cial ap­proval to raise third-party ve­hi­cle in­sur­ance from KD 20 to KD 100, an in­crease of 400 per­cent. The cur­rent fees have been the same for more than 55 years, since the is­suance of law 24/1961 with re­gards to in­sur­ance com­pa­nies and bro­kers. The sources said most in­sur­ance com­pa­nies are re­view­ing in­sur­ance pro­grams to get of­fi­cial ap­proval.

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