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Expats to be advised to treat relatives in home countries

KMHC exempts some people from paying new medical services fees

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 7: The Kuwait Mental Health Center has issued an internal circular determining the fees for health services for residents covered by the health insurance system and the cases which are exempted from paying fees, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The circular mentioned the GCC citizens, non-Kuwaiti wife of a Kuwaiti, active military personnel and their families, relatives of martyrs and relatives of first degree citizens serving time, prisoners and inmates of social care homes, sons and daughters of Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis until they reach the adult age are exempted from paying fees. Patients with serious mental illness, communicable diseases and children with special needs born of a Kuwaiti mother, doctors working in the Ministry of Health, their spouses and children, blind people and students who are on the scholarship of the Ministry of Education are also exempted.

Informed Health Ministry sources said the ministry is keen to provide all medical services to citizens and residents in accordance with the controls and procedures, and address the patient help fund and other charity organizations to bear the expenses of treatment or provide medicines for low-income resident patients. The sources added the ministry has several options for patients suffering from serious mental illnesses.

The sources noted the cost of admission in the mental health center is very expensive, because the center is always overcrowded with patients of different nationalities. The sources said the ministry is planning to advise expatriate families to complete treatment of their relatives in their home countries to make room for other patients. The sources noted the ministry provides initial treatment for resident patients, but under the recent decision to increase the fees, it is unreasonable to keep them in the wards of the center for months.


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