#Kuwait: The administrative department in the Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by a lawyer against the Ministry of Health to overturn its decision to increase health care fees for foreigners. The Fatwa and Legislation Department pleaded on behalf of the ministry of Health and demanded to dismiss the case and submitted a defense memorandum behind the ministry’s decision.
Non-Kuwaitis married to Kuwaiti women will be added to the list of those exempt from healthcare fees at public hospitals and clinics throughout Kuwait, Health Minister Jamal Al-Harbi said on Sunday.
The minister also issued several explanatory decisions regarding health insurance, fees pertaining to medical prescriptions and receiving intensive care at public hospitals for non-Kuwaitis, read a ministry statement.
Intensive care fees will be subject to a medical report approved by the doctor and after consultation from the head of the specialised ward, said the minister, adding that domestic workers will not be subject to these fees.
He reiterated that the increase in the fees is due to the high expense burden of healthcare on the ministry.
Those exempt from the fees include children under the age of 12, cancer patients, non-Kuwaiti women married to Kuwaitis, non-Kuwaiti mothers of Kuwaitis and the daughters of a Kuwaiti mother married to a non-Kuwaiti.
Others include people receiving care at welfare homes, Gulf Cooperation Council citizens, illegal residents, members of official delegations, transit travelers, non-Kuwaiti prisoners and students on a Kuwaiti-funded grant.
Also, non-Kuwaiti blind patients will be exempt from overnight stay fees, while non-Kuwaiti special needs cases will be given the same treatment as their Kuwaiti counterparts in regards to prosthetic amputee rehabilitation.
#Kuwait: Minister of Health Dr. Jamal Al-Harbi said on Saturday that increase of medical care costs for expatriates would not include emergency and critical cases.
Managers of hospitals and wards’ chiefs are empowered to look into each case and take the required decision with respect of fees’ payments, the minister indicated in a press release.
The higher payments for the medical care have been imposed due to the heavy financial burdens borne by the Ministry of Health, he said.
The MoH has been bearing high costs for medical operations, equipment, medicines, laboratories and various medical supplies, Minister Al-Harbi elaborated.
Non-Kuwaitis who have visit visas will get medical treatment at set fees, he added.
For his part, the MoH official spokesperson. Dr. Ahmad Al-Shatti, said imposing higher fees for medical care “came in tandem with hike of prices of medical drugs and modern technology globally.” Medical insurance fees will remain unchanged at KD 50 for an expatriate, KD 40 for the wife and KD 30 for a child.
Exempted cases include expatriate children suffering from cancer and aged less than 12, non-Kuwaiti woman married to a Kuwaiti, non-Kuwaiti mother ofa citizen, children of a Kuwaiti mother married to a non-Kuwaiti.
The exception is also applied on occupants of social care houses, GCC citizens, illegal residents, members of official delegations, transit passengers and foreign inmates.
Others relieved of the higher fees are students of scholarships granted by the Ministry of Education. Blind patients residing at the ministry-run hospitals are not compelled to pay for residency. MoH workers, their husbands and children do not pay for ex-ray fees and nuclear medical treatment at the public hospitals and clinics.
Dr. Al-Shatti has also noted that non-Kuwaitis of special needs are to be treated on same par with citizens of same challenges with respect of artificial limbs.
The minister of health has issued two decisions raising medical care costs for the expatriates, effective on October 1.
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The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention confirmed the safety and quality of Brufen paediatric syrup, which is used as an antipyretic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic medicine. Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Medical Practice and Licence Sector at the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Pharmaceutical Vigilance, emphasised that messages, which were widely circulated on social media, stating that Brufen contains aluminium foil are completely baseless while the ministry has not issued any related safety alerts or received any warning from the United States Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency or the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia.
The Ministry of Health opened Tuesday the Yacoub Behbehani Laboratory, a world-class oncology laboratory and the first of its kind the Middle East, in Al-Sabah Medical zone in Kuwait City.
The sophisticated oncogene laboratory, which is part of the ambitious Yacoub Behbehani Laboratory Building and Bone Marrow Transplantation Center, is expected to make a great difference in discovering and treating advanced and complicated types of cancer, ministry spokesman Dr. Ahmad Al-Shatti said, Some cancer patients do not improve after receiving chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or immunotherapy, and the new laboratory would help discovery if they have any genetic mutation, thus allow their doctors to identify the most suitable treatment, he said.
He added that these tests could also help doctors know the genetic mutations of other diseases such as children epilepsy, hearing loss, etc.
He pointed out that oncogene laboratory is equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment and devices.
Previously, the ministry used to send samples for such tests to laboratories abroad and wait between 14-30 days to receive results, but now the new laboratory would provide it with results in less than one week.
This will save much time and cost, he said.
#Kuwait: Pregnant expatriate wives will no longer be able to give birth in the public Hospitals free of charge, Women with valid residence permits will have to pay KD50 health fees if they undergo natural childbirth in public hospitals from October 1, 2017.
Under the new rules, expatriate women will have to pay KD10 for each extra day they spend at the hospital after the three-day delivery period. Public Hospital will levy KD400 on foreign women who have no residence permits and who deliver during their stay in the country, plus KD70 for each extra day they spend at the hospital after the 3-day delivery period.
Residents will have to pay KD90 for the diagnostic catherisation and KD250 for each stent (a small mesh tube used to treat narrow or weak arteries) Visitors will have to pay KD700 and KD1000 for the same respectively, Residents will have to pay KD4500 for changing a heart valve without surgery, KD3000 for cardiac catherisation and KD2000 for treating a hole in the heart.