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Minister launches ‘health’ insurance plan for retirees

Health Minister Dr Al-Obaidi distributing the cards to some of the retirees
Health Minister Dr Al-Obaidi distributing the cards to some of the retirees

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 28, (KUNA): Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obaidi launched on Wednesday health insurance scheme for retirees declaring start of distributing cards for 117,000 eligible citizens, at a total cost of KD 82 million.

Minister Dr Al-Obaidi, speaking during the inauguration ceremony, said retirees eligible to benefit from the service can receive their cards at 45 offices in all of the country’s governorates.

The centers include three hospitals and medical centers, 39 dentistry clinics, 41 laboratories, 41 X-ray centers, 42 private clinics and 43 pharmacies.

Speaking on the ceremony, Al-Obaidi said that the Ministry of Health has stayed true to its word by implementing the health insurance plan for retirees, an endeavor he described as an accomplishment that underscores cooperation between the government and the National Assembly.

Moreover, he noted that more than 117,000 retirees are the beneficiaries of the health insurance plan, which provides a slew of health services at a cost of KD 17,000 per person.

On the health insurance cards, Al-Obaidi said that retirees are free to choose from a list of health care providers at their disposal, adding that the plan is meticulous and complies with international health standards. Furthermore, Al-Obaidi said that the health insurance plan for retirees is the latest in a series of projects designed to prop up the health sector in the country.

He also added that a number of hospitals and medical facilities are undergoing renovations to ensure top notch healthcare services.

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