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Panel rejects proposal to prevent overseas medical treatment

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 21: The parliamentary committee on health has rejected a proposal to prevent overseas medical treatment, saying it contradicts the Constitution.

The committee also rejected a recommendation to create a central committee for overseas medical treatment and granted the prerogative to health offices to suspend the treatment temporarily, reports Al-Rai daily. According to the rapporteur of the committee MP Sa’adoun Hammad, the proposal was rejected in a recent meeting to avoid contravening the Constitution, especially in chronic disease cases.

He affirmed that government supported the position of the committee, because it is impossible to prevent Kuwaitis from getting the right medical treatment. He also explained that rejecting the recommendation to create a central committee for overseas medical treatment fell within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health, while another proposal to set up a committee for approving sponsorship of citizens on treatment abroad would have taken away the role of the ministry

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