Expats to pay more for maternity services

Expatriate women seeking maternity care at government hospitals will have to pay substantially higher prices starting today.

According to reports, expat women seeking maternity care at government facilities will be charged KD100 for a normal delivery and KD150 for a cesarean section.

Announcing the revised rates, Minister of Health, Sheikh Dr. Basil Al-Sabah said the fee hike would take effect immediately. As part of the hike in fees, a private room will now cost the expatriate KD100 per day.

Earlier, outspoken MP Safa Al-Hashem had alleged that expatriates bring their pregnant wives to Kuwait so that they can access full maternity care at the government maternity hospital by paying a token fee of KD3.

The decision to increase health service charges for expats was undertaken after the Health Ministry conducted an in-depth study on the costs of health services provided to foreigners. Every aspect of expenses incurred was examined in detail, from the cost of medical staff to equipment, including the fact that there was a huge disparity between the fees charged in public hospitals for maternity care and private sector medical facilities.