Kuwaiti expats health costs to soar by 165% says health chief

Health insurance costs for expats working in Kuwait’s private sector are set to rise from US$165 (KD50) to US$430 (KD130) in 2017, according the chief executive of the healthcare firm leading the project.

Dr Ahmad Al- Saleh, chief executive of Kuwait Health Assurance Company, the company that oversees provision of expat healthcare in the country, said the increase in charges will be in line with the new independent healthcare system for foreigners.

 The rise in charges will not reflect the actual cost of health services being offered to expats in Kuwait, Al-Saleh told Arab Times.

“The total number of expatriates who will benefit from this project will be about 2 million excluding those categorised as housemaids,” Al-Saleh said.

‘DHAMAN’, the name given to the independent healthcare system for expats, will be carried out in two phases of which the first will begin in Q1 2017 in primary healthcare centres and the second will begin by the end of 2019, Arab Times said.

The ministry of health said it will issue necessary licenses for medical centres which provide services for expats in the private sector, assistant undersecretary for private sector health services Dr Mohammad Al-Khashti said.

He added that DHAMAN will also build three hospitals in Jahra, Farwaniya and Ahmadi as part of its plan to provide services to expats through a total of 15 healthcare centres.

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