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Mechanism eyed to electronically link health offices
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 31: Through a specialized team headed by the Assistant Undersecretary for Financial Affairs Hisham Al-Dulaimi, the Ministry of Health is currently collecting the debts owed to it by patients seeking overseas treatment and those accompanying them.
At the same time, it is studying the development of a mechanism to electronically link health offices in order to tighten the prior control of the ministry on the process of sending debts of patients at the end of their treatment period within the country of treatment, reports Al-Anba daily.
According to health sources, the team headed by the Assistant Undersecretary for Financial Affairs Al-Dulaimi is currently comparing data in the books issued by the health offices regarding patients’ debts with their passports to ensure they entered the country of treatment. It is also reviewing their travel decisions and extensions to ensure that the invoices received from these health offices are for patients, while maintaining the confidentiality of patients’ information.
The sources explained that the team is currently viewing the data of patients and their companions, and following up the claims process for debts that are owed by them as a result of increase in allocations. It is doing this in coordination with the Overseas Treatment Department in accordance with the relevant procedures.
It also continues to send the books of debts of patients to their workplaces and collect their debts through their employers. It is also coordinating with the authorities that send patients at their own expense to work on collecting the debts that were recorded on them. The sources affirmed that the team will evaluate the performance of health offices and develop proposals and recommendations related to the management and development of the mechanism for applying electronic services to facilitate the completion of transactions and the safety of exchange.