The Health Ministry is set to present a new report to Minister of Health Dr. Ahmad Al-Awadhi, outlining a proposal to change the way medicines are sold to expatriates at hospitals and clinics. Instead of charging a fixed KD 5 fee for receiving medications, the Kuwait Times reported that the plan aims to modify the pricing structure.
The report highlights that despite the implementation of the fixed fee, consumption of medicines at the ministry's health centers and hospitals remains substantial. Sources mentioned that tighter control is necessary at both medical stores and government pharmacies to prevent medicine waste and monitor usage more effectively.
There have been cases of the medicine fee being manipulated, with some expatriates receiving quantities of medications sufficient for more than one patient. The report also documented several instances at hospitals where expatriates use medical devices and undergo x-rays without paying the appropriate fees or paying only once. The Health Ministry's new proposal aims to address these issues and improve the overall pricing system for expatriates.