Guide to Health Insurance in Kuwait

If you’re relocating to Kuwait or looking for a new international health care provider, it is essential to be aware of the insurance provision, medical care and facilities available in the country.

Kuwait is the country with the fourth-highest ratio of expatriates in the world; in 2008, 64 per cent of the country’s population were expatriates.

Perhaps it’s the sunny weather which attracts people there – the so-called winter months from October to March bring warm weather and guaranteed sunshine. However, the weather isn’t the only thing Kuwait has to offer; there are many career opportunities in this oil-rich country.

As well as being oil-rich, Kuwait can also be said to be health-rich as private and public health care provision in the country is considered to be excellent. However, it is a sound idea to get good international health care insurance before you travel there as medical fees are controlled by the state and are expensive..

Healthcare facilities

The vast majority of Kuwait’s medical professionals are foreign and received expert training in their own country; many have taken their skills to Kuwait because of the financial rewards on offer there.

Kuwait has introduced and maintained a health care system which provides free or low-cost health care to its nationals. The numerous hospitals do provide their services to expatriates but it comes at a price. Businesses in Kuwait are actively encouraged to set up medical insurance schemes for their employees as a way of reducing the burden on the government’s health care budget.
The high temperatures experienced in the summer months can cause, or exacerbate, expatriates’ medical problems. Sweltering conditions can weaken immune systems and the presence of dust and sand in the air can lead to respiratory problems; particularly among manual workers labouring on the country’s many building sites.

Expatriates find that it is sometimes necessary to seek specialist treatment outside Kuwait.

The vast majority of Kuwait’s medical professionals are foreign and received expert training in their own country; many have taken their skills to Kuwait because of the financial rewards on offer there.

Kuwait has introduced and maintained a health care system which provides free or low-cost health care to its nationals. The numerous hospitals do provide their services to expatriates but it comes at a price. Businesses in Kuwait are actively encouraged to set up medical insurance schemes for their employees as a way of reducing the burden on the government’s health care budget.

The high temperatures experienced in the summer months can cause, or exacerbate, expatriates’ medical problems. Sweltering conditions can weaken immune systems and the presence of dust and sand in the air can lead to respiratory problems; particularly among manual workers labouring on the country’s many building sites.

Expatriates find that it is sometimes necessary to seek specialist treatment outside Kuwait.

Before you go

It is best to consult a doctor at least six weeks before you travel to Kuwait as they can advise on what vaccinations might be applicable. According to the National Travel Health Network, the following vaccine-preventable diseases might pose a risk in Kuwait: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Tetanus and Typhoid. There is no risk of malaria in Kuwait.

Next steps

Get a quote for one of our WorldCare plans for your health care cover in Kuwait. Using this plan means you can access medical treatment from anywhere in the world. It is also very easy to arrange since you can buy it online, get covered instantly and maintain it quickly and conveniently through your own personal secure online area.

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