KUWAIT CITY, Jan 12: Politicians and legal experts have criticized law obliging expatriates working in private sector to deal with three specific private hospitals as a violation of the Kuwaiti Constitution.
Chairman of Kuwait Society for the Development of Democracy Nasser Al-Abdali said it’s not acceptable to force expatriates to deal with three specific private hospitals as long as they pay health insurance fees to the State, and “it’s up to the expatriate to choose the hospital he wants to visit whether in the private or public sector”.
Lawyer Hamdan al-Namshan said obliging expatriates who work in private sector and their families to receive medical treatment in three hospitals operated on Public Private Partnership will fortify monopoly to the detriment of the masses.
He pointed out that differentiating private sector employees and public sector employees violates Article 29 of the Constitution that states “all people are equal before the law and there is no difference between them based on gender, origin, language or religion”.
Al-Namshan objected to the decision to raise the cost of the health insurance for expatriates from KD 50 up to KD 130, stressing the current fee of KD 50 is too much and constitutes burden to expatriates. He wondered about the sudden decision to raise health insurance fees for expatriates, especially as the money will land into the pockets of few people owning three specific hospitals.
For his part, Chairman of the International Islamic Organization for Human Rights Mubarak Al-Mutawa said the decision violates Article 29 of the Kuwaiti Constitution, and that the three private hospitals must be closely monitored to prevent any abuse of expatriates.
By Najeh Bilal Al-Seyassah Staff