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Expats laments hike in medical service charges

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 1: Economic experts are expecting the state revenues to double after the new charges for medical services offered to expatriates are applied, reports Al-Anba daily.

They said the revenues, due to the increased charges of medical services, are expected to increase from KD 130 million to KD 300 million, which is 130 percent higher than the revenues of last year.

The experts affirmed that the fruits of the hike in medical charges will be evident in the budget of 2018/2019. They expected the revenues from some medical services such as dialysis, Xray, medical tests, and artificial limbs to rise from KD 9.5 million this year to KD 16 million in the coming year.

Ministry of Finance had previously approved to set the budget of Ministry of Health for the fiscal year of 2017/2018 at KD 2 billion and 800 million, which includes KD 9 million to be offered as bonus for excellent performance.

Meanwhile, economic expert Yahya Kamshad stressed the new medical charges must be enforced without any exception in order to allow the decision to produce the required result which is to solve the budget deficit.

Another economic expert Bader Al-Otaibi said the decision will help in increasing the non-oil revenues, which will in turn positively affect the public budget. According to sources from Ministry of Finance, the estimated budget of Ministry of Health for the fiscal year of 2017/2018 is about KD 2.1 billion with 11 percent increase compared to the previous year.

Meanwhile, a number of expatriates lamented about the increase in the charges of medical services, stressing that the process began with the increase in fuel prices, followed by increase in electricity and water tariffs and now the medical services, reports Al-Anba daily.

The average salary of expatriates is about KD 400 per month, half of which goes for paying rent while the other half is never enough to cover the remaining expenses such as for education, transportation and food. Therefore, if any of the family members require medical service, they do not have the money to cover that expense. Umm Asma is an expatriate patient who often visits the clinic of respiratory diseases at one of the state hospitals. She wondered how she can spend KD 10 per month instead of the current KD 2 that she spends at the clinic.

According to her, there is no longer any difference between the public and private hospitals. She said families with low income usually prioritize food and shelter.

Therefore, if they cannot afford paying the medical bills, they will be forced to neglect taking care of their health.

Sayed Mohammad, another expatriate, corroborated to what Umm Asma said. He indicated that the move to increase in the charges of medical services for expatriates is not in line with the humanitarian attitude adopted by Kuwait towards the poor countries around the world. Another expatriate Umm Ayah stressed that the new charges for medical services will force expatriates to give up their right to receiving medical services at public hospitals and will instead opt for private ones, as the costs are similar, there will be lesser crowd and there will not be any need to make appointments.

Mustafa Mohammad, an expatriate who has been working in Kuwait for years, said he has good health and did not come to Kuwait as a patient, adding, “If I was suffering from any disease, the authorities would have prevented me from coming to Kuwait”. He urged the concerned authorities to show mercy when it comes to offering medical treatment for expatriates, as they are suffering from high expenses of rents, education, clothes and food.

Source: Arab Times Kuwait http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/new-medical-fees-expected-double-state-revenues-experts/

‘CSC granted two hours off from work to female employees who gave birth’

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 24: Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Muhammad Al-Fares has affirmed that he is keen on supporting teachers and administrative staff at the ministry, reports Al-Seyassah. The minister made the statement when he met Head of Education Ministry Employees Association Saleh Al-Azmi recently.

Undersecretary Dr Haitham Al-Athary also attended the meeting, during which he denounced the action of some school managers as they threatened female teachers and administrative employees who gave birth recently that they will be deprived of the two hours off from work given to them to take care of their babies. He stressed the Civil Service Commission (CSC) granted this privilege to female teachers and administrative employees.

According to Al-Azmi, the minister has confirmed that the necessary legal action will be taken against any school manager who violates the law and CSC regulations. He added the minister also approved the proposal to allow secondment and transfer of some administrative employees to and from schools and educational districts in accordance with the work requirements.

He went on to disclose that the minister announced the implementation of a new electronic system which aims to protect the right of teachers to be promoted as department head, away from favoritism and ‘wasta’ (influence). He said he discussed with the minister the suggestion to put investigation departments in educational districts under the supervision of the assistant undersecretary for legal affairs.

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 16: Any society witnessing crisis usually looks for a scapegoat; while the public often expresses sentiments over the practice of holding expatriates accountable for problems and this feeling proves the inability of societies to address their problems quoting Constitutional expert Dr Mohamed Al-Feeli.

Al-Feeli agrees with the chairman of Kuwait Society for Human Rights on suspicion of violating international laws in some lawsuits such as the demand to impose tax on the remittances of expatriates and depriving them of the right to resort to the court in order to appeal against administrative deportation decisions.

He explained that preventing expatriates to appeal before the court regarding administrative deportation puts the nation in a situation of depriving foreigners of the right to litigation. He asserted Kuwait is bound by the International Convention on the right of litigation before the competent authorities.

He went to say that regarding the issue of deportation as part of the authority of the administrative body, instead of the courts, could be a violation of international laws. He added the international agreements oblige the country to provide primary health care to expatriates as this is part of their right to life, and this care can be in the form of money paid through health insurance associated with the residency of foreigners.

Meanwhile, Secretary General of the Municipal Council Yousif Al-Saqaabi has announced postponement of committees’ and main meetings, as well as suspension of agendas, until matters are settled in the council.

Speaking to the daily, Al-Saqaabi revealed that the transactions and proposals of committees have been suspended and transferred to the temporary committee. He affirmed the resignation of six council members will be approved on Oct 13 and a letter in this regard will be forwarded to the state minister for municipality affairs for appropriate action.

He added these members have returned the cars issued to them one year ago to obtain cash allowance as per the endorsement of the Finance Ministry. With regard to the offices and secretarial teams of the resigned council members, Al-Saqaabi disclosed they will be handed over once the resignation takes effect.

In the meantime, Chairman and members of the Board of Directors of Shamiya and Shuwaikh Cooperative Society inaugurated Ghernata Pharmacy following the completion of its renovation. Board Chairman Talal Al-Lahdan said the renovation process took about two months, affirming that the pharmacy is an important addition to the achievements of the cooperative society.

Treasurer of Shamiya and Shuwaikh Cooperative Society Abdullah Al-Othman Al-Rashed said the pharmacy has limited its profits to only ten percent for products that are not controlled by the prices allotted by Ministry of Health.

He revealed that the profits obtained from the last season were KD 250,000, indicating that this amount was bigger than expected because it came at a time when Ghernata Pharmacy was not operating.


KUWAIT CITY, Aug 3, (KUNA): Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah Wednesday August 2, expressed his pride and delight over the honorable mission carried out by the Kuwaiti Land Forces.

He revealed this during his visit to the different departments of the Kuwaiti Land Forces including Arifjan Camp belonging to the American Army located in South Kuwait, the land forces stationed at the borders of North Kuwait, and the Sabah Duty (Wajeb Sabah) Command Center.

The visit was in line with the 28th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The minister was accompanied by the Chief of General Staff of Kuwait Armed Forces Lieutenant General Khalid Al-Sabah and a number of army leaders.

In a press release, the minister stressed the keenness of the military leadership to develop the abilities of the Kuwaiti Army so that it is more capable of providing necessary protection to the entire country.

He expressed gratitude to the Supreme Leader of Kuwait Armed Forces His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for his continuous support to the army and for enhancing its military abilities.

Minister Al-Khalid highlighted the important role played by the media in encouraging citizens to register for mandatory conscription and providing information about the relevant law.

Regarding hiring the sons of prisoners of war and martyrs in the Kuwaiti Armed forces, the minister affirmed that they can register for joining the army, indicating that the number of applicants is satisfactory.

He indicated that the ministry is waiting for the legislative authority to amend some laws for including this category in the sector.

Minister Al-Khalid insisted that all Kuwaiti citizens are welcome to join any of the courses in this sector, including sergeant courses, officers’ courses and aviation courses

KUWAIT CITY, June 1: The Criminal Evidences Department has a significant database of about eight million criminals, citizens and residents.

The sources stressed the department plays a vital role in protecting the country’s security from suspicious elements including those who had been earlier deported from the country to prevent them from entering on new passports and under fake names.

The source said the Department has one of the most modern equipment in the world in fingerprint retrieval system. The daily added, the department has fingerprinted 11,000 suspects in the first five months of 2017 to look for suspects against whom cases have been filed.

By Meshal Al-Sanousi
Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies (Arab Times)

KUWAIT CITY, June 3: Police have rearrested the Kuwaiti convict and sent him to the Central Prison for murdering his wife with a hammer and metal pipe in front of their daughter in their home in Taima, Jahra in March 2017, reports Al-Rai daily.

The Kuwaiti appeared in front of the sentences renewal judge and his name was mistakenly put on the list of people released on bail. After the mistake was discovered police armed with a search and arrest warrant raided his home, arrested him and sent him back to prison.

KUWAIT CITY, May 9: An employee of Kuwait Municipality allegedly had stolen the tyres of an impounded “Lexus” vehicle at the seized-vehicle yard in Mina Al-Abdullah area, but returned them after he was discovered by a security guard of the site, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

According to sources, there has been a cover-up of the incident out of fear of legal repercussions, with the intercessions of one of the municipality’s officials. The sources wondered about the number of such incidents that have never been reported and were perpetrated by municipality employees and others at the seized-vehicle yards.

It is worth mentioning that the seized-vehicle yard in Amghara also witnessed several thefts before it was relocated to Nueyeem area. The perpetrators in that case were the security guards in charge of manning the yard. They colluded with an employee of the yard and the owner of a tow truck, who was in charge of transporting the items stolen from the impounded vehicles to an unknown destination. Even though all this had happened, no legal measure was taken by the municipality against the culprits.

Source: Arab Times

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