Huge Hike In Health Fees For Expats In Kuwait

New health charges for expats and visitors in Kuwait are set to increase by almost 500 per cent by mid-February 2017, according to the new price list prepared by the health minister Dr Jamal Al-Harby.

The price rise aims to reduce the number of visitors who seek to take advantage of low healthcare charges in the country, reports Arabian Business.

Al-Harby said medical service costs are now a burden on the state’s general budget due to rising prices of medical equipment and medication. He said advanced medical examinations and nuclear tests that are not currently available in the private sector will be charged 50% of the cost.

The new charges for the treatment of tumours with TheraSphere will increase from $330 (KD100) to $1,635 (KD500) for expats and $16,350 (KD5,000) for visitors. Treatment of bone cancer with isotopes will increase from $165 (KD50) to $1,635 (KD500) for expats and $3,270 (KD1,000) for visitors while charges for x-rays and laboratory tests such as thyroid gland testing will rise from $50 (KD15) to $130 (KD40) for expats and $295 (KD90) for visitors.

Cardiac test fees will also increase from $33 (KD10) to $165 (KD50) for expats and $330 (KD100) for visitors while ischemic heart testing charges will rise from $100 (KD30) to $165 (KD50) for expats and $330 (KD100) for visitors. Blood plasma test charges will go up from $65 (KD20) to $820 (KD250) for expats and $1,540 (KD470) for visitors.

 

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