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Health ministry claims free healthcare for all is no longer possible

The decision to reserve government hospitals for civilian use has been postponed until the planned primary and secondary medical facilities for foreigners under the scheme of the Health Assurance Hospital Company (Dhaman) are completed, hopefully by the end of the year. The Ministry of Health (MoH) then said: .

Under this initiative, Dhaman, the largest Public Private Partnership (PPP) healthcare project in the Middle East, will manage and operate Kuwait’s first Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). HMO will serve approximately 3.2 million expatriates and their dependents through three new secondary care hospitals with a total capacity of 900 beds and 15 primary care centers in areas with large expatriate populations is.

The decision to develop the Dhaman project stems from the fact that it is no longer feasible for the government to continue providing free healthcare to everyone in Kuwait. Faced with a choice between providing quality health care to its citizens or paying exorbitant costs to provide quality health care to everyone in Kuwait, the government understandably chose the PPP path. chose to privatize health care for foreigners.

Leaving aside the humanitarian and egalitarian aspects and instead assessing the Dhaman project solely from an economic perspective shows that it is beneficial to the state and private health sector. The Ministry of Health benefits the state in that it can provide quality health care to its citizens without having to find the funding or facilities to serve a large number of expatriates.

For private sector employers and migrant workers, especially those who cannot afford to take advantage of the expensive private health facilities available in the country, the Dhaman project offers cost-effective implementation while providing an adequate level of medical coverage. Provide possible alternatives.

According to various demographic information, 51% of Kuwait’s total expatriate workforce is literate. In other words, they do not have an educational qualification.this is
Divided into 722,000 workers (47% of all private sector workers) and 470,000 workers (64% of all domestic sector workers).

Records show that there are 44,000 illiterate workers in the private sector, 39,000 illiterate workers in the domestic sector, and 1,683 illiterate workers in the government sector. Together, about 1.3 million expatriates in the country are uneducated or illiterate.

Even if we exclude domestic workers and civil servants and focus only on the approximately 1.5 million non-Kuwaiti workers in the private sector, 1.2 million workers have a degree below a basic degree. 82% of the total Kuwaiti population. citizen.

Decide to continue providing quality health care to all Kuwaitis at exorbitant costs, or use available facilities to provide quality health care to citizens only. Under pressure, the government chose the second option while still providing adequate services. Medical facilities for expatriates in the form of the Dhaman project.

Critics of this approach may point out that in many developed countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, etc., there is no difference in treatment between citizens and foreigners. What people often fail to mention is that in most developed countries every resident and indirectly every visitor pays a tax to the country.In Kuwait there is no equivalent tax for expatriates. .

Moreover, in most developed countries, expatriates form only a small part of the population compared to citizens. On the other hand, in Kuwait, expatriates make up more than 70% of her total population, so comparing Kuwait to certain developed countries is not true from an economic point of view.

They add that the only human solution to this dilemma is to provide adequate health care at a level equal to, or slightly higher than, that low-income immigrants receive at home. . For high-income employees, cover appropriate medical expenses given that employers benefit from the experience and knowledge of these workers.

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