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‘Approve medical insurance law to cut foreign care cost’ ‘Difficult to fight corruption in overseas treatment’

KUWAIT CITY, June 3: MP Khalil Al-Saleh, a member of the Parliament’s Health Committee says he intends to request for a special session to discuss and approve the Medical Insurance Law for retirees after receiving the approval of the Legislative Committee, reports Al-Rai daily. He revealed his intention to submit a similar law for children below age 10 and for pregnant Kuwaiti women in covering five deliveries in private hospitals. He indicated that the Medical Insurance Law will save plenty of expenses involved in overseas treatment and stop manipulation of processes and falsification of documents, adding that the law will be implemented on all citizens following the success of implementation on the three aforementioned segments of the society.

Regarding the manipulation of overseas treatment case, MP Al-Saleh affirmed that people’s trust in the local medical centers are waning due to lack of accuracy in medical diagnosis. He affirmed that the country is obliged to provide necessary treatment to the citizens both locally and overseas, which was why the Overseas Treatment Committee was formed in the concerned authorities including the ministries of Interior, Defense and Oil. Regarding the issue of combating corruption in this case, he stressed that the task is difficult especially since it passes through many committees, adding that the problem can be controlled better through the approval of medical insurance for every citizen.

Meanwhile, discussions on the National Assembly budget for fiscal year 2014/2015 by Parliament’s Budgets and Final Account Committee related a significant increase in expenses by nearly KD 2.481 million compared to the previous fiscal year, noting the budget increased from KD 49,733 million to KD 52.214 million in the current period, reports Al- Seyassah daily. In another development, Director of Electoral Affairs in the Ministry of Interior Ali Murad stated the department has yet to receive directives to cancel the candidature of any candidate in the forthcoming parliamentary by-elections, reports Al-Rai daily. As regards the recent rumor alleging the candidacy of Waleed Al-Nasser has been canceled, Murad said the committee that examines the applications of nominees must address the Deputy Premier, Interior Minister and Acting Minister of Awqaf Sheikh Mohamed Al-Khalid for approval in the course of any decision to dismiss a candidate, before the electoral affairs department implements it.

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