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MoH obtains approval to extend contract with health insurance company for expats

Sulaibiya clinic decides to apply ‘open-door’ policy

KUWAIT CITY, June 20: The Ministry of Health (MoH) has obtained approval from the supervisory bodies to extend its contract with the company in charge of health insurance for expatriates for six months — from July 28, 2018 until January 2019 — without any cost, reports Al- Qabas daily quoting sources.

Sources disclosed the recent bidding for the health insurance of expatriates was cancelled and the tender will be fl oated again after amending the regulations. Sources clarified it is difficult to stop this service until the next bidding, taking into consideration the dire consequences.

On the other hand, sources confirmed that the ministry obtained approval for renewing its contract with a local company in charge of e-payment services in health insurance centers, hospitals and clinics. The contract was renewed for three years starting from May 8, 2018 at a total cost of KD 3 million.

Sources pointed out the high demand for such e-payment services in the facilities of the ministry led to renewal of the contract in order to ensure that services are offered to the public without any obstacle. Sources added the decision to increase health fees for expatriates, which was implemented in October last year, played a crucial role in the rising demand for financial stamps in all public health facilities.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has endorsed the proposal to form teams for the evaluation of pharmacists and technicians recommended to occupy pharmacy-related jobs in governmental and private sectors, reports Al-Anba daily.

These teams will look into the qualifications and work experience of license applicants including pharmacists, technicians and assistant pharmacists. They will also set the terms and conditions for engaging in the profession as per the requirements of governmental and private sectors in a bid to improve pharmaceutical services.

For there, the officials of Sulaibiya Clinic have decided to apply the open-door policy by removing all the doors inside the clinic.

However, the patients have been expressing their surprise and concern for the last few days over the lack of doors in the clinic. They stressed the need for respecting the dignity and privacy of patients especially since other visitors wait outside the clinic rooms, as well as the need to ensure confidentiality of the patients’ information.

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