KUWAITCITY(IAMINKUWAIT) : The Minister of Health, Sheikh Dr. Basil Al-Sabah, yesterday approved a decision to increase the birth fees of expatriates registered in the health insurance system, to be implemented as of today. .
The decree stipulated that non-Kuwaiti patients enrolled in the health insurance system should receive a fee of KD 100 for normal delivery, an increase of 100 percent compared to the previous fee of KD 50, as well as an increase of cesarean section fees to KD 150.
The decision pointed out that the natural or Caesarean delivery fees include «birth and sonar examination and laboratory tests and medicines other than hospital stay», contrary to what was previously in place, where residence fees were among the fees collected for the birth of 50 dinars.
According to the previous decision, the duration of the stay was 3 nights.
The new decision increased the fees for accommodation in the private room to 100 dinars per day, an increase of 100 percent.
Health sources confirmed to Al-Rai that the decision to increase maternity fees for expatriates was issued after a careful study that took into account the high cost of health service from medical staff and equipment, and also took into account the vast difference in maternity fees between the public and private sectors.
She pointed out that «the prices of birth, whether natural or Caesarean still after the increase is lower than its counterpart in the private sector, pointing out that «revise fees come with the aim of improving the level and quality of service provided to the patient, which is the Ministry of top priority.