Bahrain wants to introduce mandatory health insurance for its expat population and has already reached out to private consultants to come up with a strategy.
The firms will recommend procedures for the National Health Insurance Scheme (Sehati), which will be presented to the government in mid-2020.
Currently expats must pay bills for medical and surgical treatments immediately. The mandatory health insurance will also hit temporary visitors.
All expats will be covered by insurance according to the law"
The main reason for the introduction of private health insurance would seem to be the burden on employers as well as the national economy of the cost of keeping expat professionals healthy.
A handbook on the scheme, released by the SCH in 2017, explains Bahrainis could pay an additional insurance premium to access private sector treatment.
It adds that expats would be covered by insurance paid for by their employers, which will entitle them to treatment at private and public facilities.
"As per the plan, under the system developed by the company (Marsh Bahrain), all expats will be covered by insurance according to the law, which are all those who are (covered by insurance) paid for by their employer or sponsor," SCH secretary general Ebrahim Nawakhtha told local media.