Expatriates' Healthcare System In Kuwait Needs To Be Reviewed
Category: Expats

Al- Anba daily reports that the Kuwaiti Association of the Basic Evaluators for Human Rights (KABEHR) has emphasized the need to review the healthcare system for expatriates, including medicine provision. After several doctors criticized recent decisions regarding medical fees for expatriates, the association issued a press release, stating these decisions were made without considering the salaries of expatriate workers and the fact that they pay for health insurance on a yearly basis.

Inability to pay medical fees has led to many expatriates not visiting clinics or hospitals or undergoing necessary tests, according to the association. KABEHR pointed out that health care is one of the basic human rights. The solution shouldn't be at the expense of the weaker party, including families that are burdened with financial obligations as a result of global inflation and high prices, even if there are administrative obstacles, such as an inefficient distribution of medicines or a lopsided demographic structure.

In the association's proposal, health insurance hospitals should be opened immediately, and the Secretariat General of Awqaf should support the healthcare system by providing some coverage for expatriates' treatment costs, such as X-rays, tests, or medicines; explaining that in Islam, Awqaf is a civilized system that provides humanitarian assistance. When such decisions are not thoroughly studied, they will negatively affect Kuwait's international human rights record at a time when Kuwait's government and civil society are promoting Kuwait's civilizational and humanitarian roles to improve its image, the association concluded.


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28 Jan, 2023 1608
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