MP Safa Al-Hashem targets expats, Ban medicine for expatriates!
Parliamentarian Safa Al-Hashem said that the authorities should stop giving free medicines to expatriate patients at public clinics and hospitals. She said that the the KD 1 and KD 2 fees expatriates pay at clinics and hospitals, respectively, should be considered as a doctor’s fee without including drugs.
In her proposal, Hashem called for making the drugs at clinics and public hospitals exclusively for Kuwaiti patients and that expatriates should buy their medicines from private pharmacies and drug stores.
Currently, in addition to the 1 kd and 2 kd expatriates paying at the medical centers, expatriates also pay a mandatory annual health insurance fee of KD 50 per person per year. In addition, expatriates pay charges for a long list of medical services especially x-ray and radiology services, surgeries, sleeping at hospitals and for some laboratory tests and examinations.In public hospitals, many higher cost medicines are already restricted, in practice, to Kuwaitis only.
She also presented another proposal for imposing a tax of 5 percent on the remittances of expatriates. Earlier, the proposal of similar nature was rejected by the
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