Assem­bly to re­view new med­i­cal fees

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By A Saleh

KUWAIT: The de­ci­sion by the Health Min­is­ter Ja­mal Al-Harbi to in­crease the fees of med­i­cal ser­vices for ex­pats will be re­viewed by Par­lia­ment as MPs be­lieve that the de­ci­sion de­served a sec­ond look, in­formed sources said. Although, the min­is­ter has the author­ity to is­sue such a de­ci­sion and Par­lia­ment has no right to op­pose it, many MPs are of the opin­ion that a leg­isla­tive-level re­view maybe help­ful in pass­ing a law and chalk­ing out a clear mech­a­nism for fees on Kuwait’s health ser­vices.

The sources said the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee on health will soon hold a meeting to discuss the in­crease of fees. Though the com­mit­tee agrees on the new de­ci­sion in prin­ci­ple, it ob­jects to the de­ci­sion to grant ex­emp­tions to cer­tain groups from the in­crease.

The sources added that the same ap­plies to the ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee which will also discuss a pro­posal to end the ex­emp­tion granted to ex­pat chil­dren of pub­lic school teach­ers from join­ing gov­ern­ment schools. Though a de­ci­sion was taken in the 1980s to pro­hibit ex­pa­tri­ate chil­dren from en­rolling in pub­lic schools, an ex­emp­tion was granted later to chil­dren of Arab teach­ers who worked in pub­lic schools. Re­cently, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Al-Fares had made a pro­posal to the par­lia­ment’s ed­u­ca­tional com­mit­tee to re­view this ex­emp­tion so that the state can save thou­sands of di­nars which can be ef­fec­tively uti­lized in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

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