Kidney dialysis abroad at government expense

A ministerial resolution has been issued by Health Minister Sheikh Dr. Basel Al-Sabah to amend the regulations on government-sponsored medical treatment abroad program for Kuwaiti citizens.

The amendment to the program now allows for patients who are receiving treatment abroad as part of the government’s plan, to be treated for kidney dialysis if it is medically warranted, without having to take prior approval from the specialized committee on kidney dialysis in Kuwait.

The amendments also include paying treatment expenses for patients hospitalized for over two weeks with road accident injuries, severe fractures, burns, heart attacks, and strokes, and it allows organ transplant patients to suspend treatment for a maximum of three months and later resume it without having to be reexamined. The amendments also seek to authorize overseas treatment managers to facilitate the travel of patients and their escorts and authorizes health offices to extend cancer treatment for a maximum of six months.