Kuwait Times, Thursday, Feb 23, 2023 | Sha'ban 03, 1444
MoH has no plans to cancel expat med fees
The health ministry has no intention of backing away from the decision to impose
fees on expats for receiving medicines, as it sees it is necessary to regulate
mechanisms behind dispensing medicine and supervising it.
“There are other decisions regarding expatriate patients that will be taken
soon, including designating health assurance hospital for expatriates and not
receiving them in government hospitals by next year for workers in the private
sector. As for workers in the public sector, they will be treated in public
hospitals temporarily according to the fees they are also transferred for
treatment at private hospitals,” the ministry said.
The health ministry has also announced it has overcome the crisis over shortages
of medicine that citizens and residents have been suffering from in the last two
months, as the most critical medicines have been secured and new batches will
arrive next month. “There is no shortage of vital medicines. They are currently
being dispensed to a wide range of patients daily, as the necessary financial
budget has been allocated to purchase the required medicines through direct
contracts with manufacturers as well as through agents, with the knowledge of
the Audit Bureau, Bureau of Financial Controllers and the regulatory authorities
in Kuwait,” it said.
“The medicine shortage crisis will not be repeated. The ministry was not the
cause of the crisis, which was related to problems facing international
companies and local situations, as companies could not fulfill the needs of the
market. The budget has increased from KD 490 million last year to KD 520 million
this year,” sources revealed to Kuwait Times.
“The ministry has provided new medical stores to support the current medical
warehouses. It is heading to establish a medical warehouse for medicines in each
governorate. Moreover, the ministry has granted licenses to companies to
establish medicine factories in Kuwait in cooperation with competent ministries,
but these companies have not yet taken the executive steps to establish these
factories,” sources said.
“Licenses were granted to international companies to start producing medicines
through their factories in Kuwait,” they added, expecting these steps will
contribute significantly to providing medicines throughout the year at