Wednesday , December 13 2017

No health fee rise to KD 130 prior to 2020 – Affordable family plans eyed

Dr. Ahmed Al Saleh
CEO, Kuwait Health Assurance

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 21: Chief Executive Officer of the Health Assurance Hospitals Company — Dhaman, Dr Ahmed Al-Saleh denied rumors circulated on social media alleging health insurance fee will be increased to KD 130 from early next year. Dr Al-Saleh noted it is impossible to increase insurance fee before inaugurating the Dhaman hospitals in 2020.

He stressed the company will organize a press conference in a couple of days to correct the wrong information passed to the public, while shedding light on the entire project. He reiterated the fees remain KD 50 for private sector employees, KD 40 for family residence, and KD 30 for children.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is looking into the possibility of offering family insurance package to expatriates at competitive prices, reports Al-Anba daily quoting official spokesperson of the ministry Dr Ahmad Al-Shatti. Al-Shatti disclosed that with a budget of about KD 3 billion, the ministry has many plans such as providing first aid kits and emergency evacuation plan for each clinic.

He affirmed the ministry allowed competitors without local agents to participate in the bidding for renewal of ‘Afiya’ contract; hinting that the winning company might come from Europe, Singapore or Britain and it has the ability to provide services at affordable prices rather than profiteering which is common among local agents.

By Marwa Al-Bahrawi Al-Seyassah / Arab Times Staff and Agencies

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