Kuwait raises health care service fees for expatriates, visitors

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Kuwait’s health ministry has announced new health care service fees for expatriates and visitors.

The Health Ministry has unveiled the health taxes which will be levied on expatriates and visitors to the country,

Health Minister Dr. Jamal Al-Harbi has sent a circular featuring the new fees to be input into IT systems and implemented at public medical outlets.

The fees for services now include natural child delivery, open heart surgery, nuclear medicine, radiology tests, laboratory tests and artificial limbs will be implemented starting October 1, the ministry said in a statement.

  • Under the new plan, the fee for regular consultation at the health centres is two Kuwaiti dinars while the emergency consultation fee is KD5 at specialised and general hospitals and KD10 at outpatient clinics.
  • The cost of admission is KD10 in the general wards per day and KD30 at the intensive care units.
  • Patients who take private rooms will be charged KD50 for admission with a KD200 guarantee.

Visits to the casualty and outpatient clinics will cover medicine, regular X-rays and regular tests, but the cost of admission does not cover surgeries, laboratory tests and X-rays.

No more free deliveries

Pregnant expatriate wives will no longer be able give birth in Kuwaiti public hospitals free of charge. Women with valid residence permits will have to pay a KD50 health tax if they undergo natural childbirth in Kuwaiti public hospitals.

  • Under the new rules, expatriate women will have to pay KD10 for each extra day they spend at the hospital after the three-day delivery period.
  • Public hospital will levy KD400 on foreign women who have no residence permits and who deliver during their stay in Kuwait – plus KD70 for each extra day they spend at the hospital after the three-day delivery period.

New fee for cardiac procedures

Residents will have to pay KD4500 for changing a heart valve without surgery, KD3000 for cardiac catherisation and KD2000 for treating a hole in the heart.

Residents will have to pay KD90 for the diagnostic catherisation and KD250 for each stent (a small mesh tube used to treat narrow or weak arteries). Visitors will have to pay KD700 and KD1000 for the same respectively.

Residents will have to pay KD550 for a prosthetic foot and KD6500 for an electronic knee – while visitors will have to pay KD2265 and KD13,000 respectively.

Fees for 74 nuclear medicine tests, including bone, regular thyroid activity, cancerous thyroid activity, radioactive iodine, primary hyperparathyroidism, congenital lachrymal, oesophagus and gall bladder, kidney, spleen, blood vessels, testicles, breast, bone marrow, suprarenal, neuroma, lymph node, prostate and other tests, will cost between KD40 and KD500.

The ministry also increased fees for health care services offered to foreigners and people who are not registered under the health insurance scheme.

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Fees for services will be paid through the online system in all medical facilities before availing health care services in the form of revenue stamps or through the concerned account clerks, the ministry said.

The move comes after a campaign by some lawmakers to charge expatriates who, they believe, were exploiting the largesse of free or cheap health ministry services in the country.

Published on 4 August 2017

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