Public hospitals to gradually become exclusive for Kuwaiti citizens
The government told MPs that their demand to resolve the demographic imbalance problem is a top priority for the Cabinet, informed sources said. The sources also explained that demands to restrict public hospital services’ to citizens alone would be done gradually, because private hospitals are currently incapable of absorbing the huge numbers of expats. “The government plans to start by increasing expat health service fees and denying them access to some services such as MRIs and endoscopies,” the sources said, adding that stopping public hospital services for expats would take at least three years until the private health insurance hospitals for non-Kuwaitis start operating.
The sources said the government would provide lawmakers with plans to do away with expat administrative employees in various government sectors, but stressed that it would be difficult to do the same with technical and specialized ones like doctors, teachers and nurses. In addition, the source said that the government would work on mandating employers to deport expat laborers as soon as their mission concludes, as well as ban residency transfers for those terminated. “Visit visas will be soon controlled once the parliament passes imposing health insurance fees on visitors,” the sources said.
Finally, the sources stressed that it would be impossible to rely on bedoons to replace expats because they are mostly not specialized or trained. “In addition, such a step contradicts the state’s policy in treating them as illegal residents. Therefore, they have to legalize their stay, especially those who now know for sure they have no right to get citizenship,” the sources concluded.