Work on three new hospitals exclusively for expats in Kuwait will start next year, as the country continues its drive towards a unique segregated healthcare system.
The country was one of the Gulf’s earliest oil related success stories and, despite dropping slightly in the early 1990s, its population is still more than double what it was in the mid 1980s. This is mainly due to immigration, with Kuwaiti nationals now making up just over 30% of the population - however such growth has caused issues which now require resolving.
Healthcare in Kuwait is free at the point of need to all Kuwaiti citizens, whilst currently expats have to pay around 50kwd (£135) per year for access to basic medical services as well as a fee of between one and two Kuwaiti dinar every time they visit a clinic. This figure will rise to 130kwd (£350) by the time the new facilities are completed in early 2020, and will be compulsory for the estimated two million expats working within the private sector.
Whilst it may appear to be a potentially unfair measure on those from abroad working in the country, it should present plenty of healthcare employment opportunities for those looking at moving to the region. Currently the public healthcare sector has just 7000 beds for its population of over 3.3 million people, whilst a further 1000 are available in the private sector.
All three expat hospitals will have a capacity of over 700 each, whilst work is almost complete on the brand new, 1200 bed Jaber Hospital - which is solely for Kuwaiti nationals - in the country’s South Surra area, and the country’s Ministry of Health is hopeful that it will be able to increase the number of available beds to 15,000 by 2020.
Kuwait is a country which is regularly overlooked by healthcare professionals looking at moving to the Middle East, this was understandable a few years ago, however with investment levels on the rise, and with a government who really want to help improve the health of the nation, now could be the perfect time to make a move to the country.
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