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Soon health insurance hospitals to serve two million expatriates

A new health insurance company’s full range of medical services will serve more than two million expatriates living and working in the country when they are completed, the new chairman of the National Assembly’s health committee said yesterday. MP Humoud Al-Khudhair said that when the Dhaman health assurance company begins operations, it will provide a complete range of medical services, from primary healthcare to advanced treatment at hospitals.Khudhair however did not give any specific date when the services will be ready, but the Assembly has already approved a law for the company to offer medical services to expatriates in the country. The lawmaker said when the company will start its services, it will greatly reduce overcrowding at public hospitals and clinics all over the country, and will also reduce administrative and financial expenses on the government. He added the move will sharply improve the standard of medical services in the country.

At present, a majority of expatriates receive medical services at public health centers and hospitals after paying a mandatory health insurance fee of KD 50 per person annually, in addition to reduced charges for a variety of medical services in public clinics and hospitals. Last year, the health ministry sharply increased charges for medical services provided to expatriates by public health centers and hospitals.-K.T.

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