KUWAIT CITY, Dec 7: Minister of Health Dr Jamal Al-Harbi issued a decision to charge expatriate patients KD 5 per physiotherapy session within the first 10 sessions, and doubled the fee to KD 10 for subsequent sessions.
In his reaction, Director of Physiotherapy Services Abdullah Zaman lauded the decision, saying it’s essential for drastically reducing the waiting list to improve the quality of service. He also said it will contribute to reduce the average rate of using equipment and visits to evening clinics.
He explained that expatriate patients used to enjoy the sessions for free, which negatively affected the quality of service due to overwhelming pressure on the hospitals. He indicated the new development will strengthen mutual responsibility where patients may complete treatment through the implementation of home program, which is scheduled to replace the previous complementary method that led to long duration of physiotherapy treatment. He reiterated “only patients who are actually in dire need of physiotherapy will attend the sessions henceforth”.
Meanwhile, the State Ministry for Services decided to look into the possibility of changing its working hours after noticing that the reason given by a large number of employees who come late for work is traffic congestion, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources.
Sources revealed the ministry will contact the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to obtain approval for changing its working hours, indicating this will serve the interest of about 9,000 citizens employed at the ministry.
Sources added the ministry has no intention to exempt any of the employees from the fingerprint attendance system; hence, the plan to change working hours.
By Marwa Al-Bahrawi Al-Seyassah / Arab Times Staff