Compulsory health insurance for expats in Kuwait

expat-health-insurance-kuwaitFollowing news that the Kuwaiti government would impose health insurance on all visiting visas and designate expat-only hospitals, the Ministry of Health has agreed to to a scheme to provide healthcare and medical insurance to expats in Kuwait.

The scheme is aimed at non-nationals working in the private sector, for whom private health insurance will be mandatory in order to receive treatment at one of the expat-only hospitals. Whether or not expats will have a choice of insurance provider is yet to be seen.

It is hoped that the move will provide Kuwait with extra revenue as the country bids to provide universal healthcare to all its citizens, having recently introduced retiree health insurance.

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