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MoH working on hospitals projects for expats – Fees reasonable: minister

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 26: The Ministry of Health has started taking steps to implement the health insurance hospitals project for expatriates in the government sector, reports Al-Anba daily. Health Minister Dr Jamal Al-Harbi has formed a permanent committee in charge of these projects.

The committee’s functions include liaising with governmental institutions, following up administrative and technical matters, and taking decisions according to available information.

On the other hand, knowledgeable sources have affirmed that 12 primary health care centers will be established in the first quarter of 2018; explaining these centers will be distributed to the governorates based on the number of expatriates residing in each governorate.

Sources added the hospitals project will begin in the first quarter of 2020, during which two hospitals will be built in Ahmadi and Jahra governorates. Talking about the treatment fees, sources confirmed the fees will be reasonable for the expatriates to afford the cost in return for obtaining the comprehensive medical insurance.

Lawmaker Safa’a Al-Hashim expressed her appreciation for the Administrative Court ruling in favor of the decision of the Health Ministry to increase health fees for expatriates, reports Al-Anba daily.

Meanwhile, the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) has adopted a budget of KD 560 million for fiscal 2017/2018, reports Al-Shahid daily quoting sources. Sources affirmed the authority has submitted its projects according to the above-mentioned budget to the Ministry of Finance for approval, indicating the budget includes employment support after the integration of the authority with the Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP).

Assistant Secretary General and Head of the Political Office of Democratic Platform Ali Al-Awadi has affirmed that it is proper and significant for MPs to use their constitutional tools to uncover flaws and irregularities in the government which, in turn, must shoulder its responsibilities, reports Al-Qabas daily. Speaking to the daily, Al-Awadi stressed the need for the government and National Assembly to contextualize the speech of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the opening of the legislature recently and open new windows for cooperation in the midst of worrisome developments in the regional arena.


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