- City: Kuwait
- Listed: September 26, 2017 4:01 am
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Manama: Kuwait’s health minister said the application of the new health-care fees for expatriates would not be delayed and would start on October 1 as scheduled.
The statement by Jamal Al Harbi aimed to pre-empt any practical moves by lawmakers to slash the fees or to postpone their applications until at least next year, Kuwaiti daily Al Rai reported on Monday.
Lawmakers over the weekend issued statements calling for a review of the fees or for a delay in their application, citing humanitarian reasons and a need to assist foreigners unable to meet the high costs for medical services.
The MPs said the average incomes of most of the foreigners working in the country cannot support the increase in health fees.
In August, Kuwait said it would increase health-care fees for foreigners for the first time in more than two decades.
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