Compulsory health insurance for Kuwait visitors

 

Kuwait's parliamentary health affairs committee has endorsed a report recommending making health insurance mandatory for foreigners visiting Kuwait.

The requirement will be applicable foreigners arriving in Kuwait temporarily and on various types of visit visas.

The Interior Minister will set the conditions and regulations needed to impose the new insurance on visitors and to decide those to be exempted.

The law will have to be amended to give effect to the proposed mandatory health insurance scheme.

The plan is for the health insurance policies to cover foreigners who will have to seek medical treatment at the expat-only hospitals and 15 expat-only health clinics that are planned.

Interior ministry data show that around 621,200 foreigners visited Kuwait in 2016.

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