The Ministry of Health is bound by conditions of a contract it signed with the medical insurance company in charge of issuing medical cards for expatriates until the contract ends on July 27, 2017, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources. Sources revealed that Health Minister Dr Jamal Al-Harbi has informed the company about the plan not to renew the contract anymore, but the ministry is obligated to continue with the current contract in order to avoid fees that might result in terminating the contract before it expires.
Sources also denied rumors that the ministry has asked its interior counterpart to collect medical insurance fees – KD 50 for one year and KD 100 for two years – once the processing of residency-related transactions is completed. Sources pointed out this step is illegal and it will lead to dire consequences as it violates the stipulations of the existing contract.
On the other hand, member of the parliamentary Health Committee MP Khaled Al-Utaibi condemned the alleged inhumane conditions in the medical insurance centers. He called on the Ministry of Health to re-implement the old system or find a more civilized mechanism.
SOURCE : ARABTIMES