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Health insurance fees to be increased from KD 50 to KD 130

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 16, (Agencies): Elaborate ceremony was held yesterday in Ahmadi for the construction of a new hospital. The ceremony was attended by the Health Minister Dr Jamal Al-Harbi and officials of the Insurance Hospitals Company (Dhaman).

Al-Harbi said the health insurance hospital ‘Dhaman’ is one of the main components of the healthcare system for expatriates, and a leading development model for public-private partnership within the government’s work program and development plan. Dhaman CEO Dr Ahmed Al- Saleh said according to ministry decisions, health insurance for expats will cost KD 130 ($425) annually, which will cover primary and secondary healthcare.

He noted the increase in the insurance fees from KD 50 to KD 130 came after thorough comparative studies of the medical systems in other GCC states. Al-Harbi added over two million expats working for the private sector and their families will benefit from the Dhaman health services in various governorates.

He added, two additional hospitals will be built in Farwaniya and Jahra, in addition to 12 medical centers, which in turn will reduce crowding at public hospitals and polyclinics. Al-Harbi added the four-storey 300-bed capacity Ahmadi hospital will open in 2020 — built on a total area of 36,793 sq meters. It will consist of various departments including surgery and intensive care. It will also have more than 70 outpatient clinics of different medical specialties.

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