Kuwait expats set to be hit with health insurance fees

Expats in Kuwait on a visiting visa will be forced to subscribe to mandatory health insurance under new proposals from the government.

The Kuwait government has approved a proposal from one of its ministers to impose health service fees on ‘visitors’, in a bid to cut costs and reduce pressure on public hospitals, according to a local newspaper.

Kuwait Times quoted MP Khalil Al Saleh as saying his proposal had been accepted when it was discussed at a parliamentary health committee meeting held on 23 May.

Al Saleh said his proposal is similar to insurance policies available for expats elsewhere in the region.

“Imposing a comprehensive health policy for visitors to Kuwait will guarantee lesser squandering and preserve public funds, [as well as] limiting the chaos in presenting treatment and activating the role of the private sector,” the newspaper said.

Under the plans, it will be mandatory for sponsors applying for a visit visa for an expat to also attach a health policy, under which the visitor would receive private health services in the country.

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