Health and Safety in Kuwait
Kuwait public health care management is considered to be the best in the region. Other developed countries, like Kuwait, have motor accidents as the number 1 cause of deaths along with heart diseases and neoplasm. However, the gap in Kuwait’s armor is its mortality rate with regards to infections and parasitic diseases. So right now, the health ministry’s attention is focused on minimizing these kinds of diseases.
Being a rich but small country, Kuwait can provide adequate health care incentives for its citizens and selected foreign employees. Kuwaiti nationals have access to government hospitals and clinics free of charge. Kuwait, being a business hub in the Middle East, is also host to expatriates and skilled workers. These foreigners working in Kuwait can also avail of Kuwait’s health incentives but are charged with nominal fees.
Currently, the government maintains 72 primary health care centers across the country. These centers, in general, can provide general practitioner care, maternity care, pediatric care, preventive medical care, nursing care, dental care and diabetes care. Secondary care services are provided by six regional hospitals. These regional hospitals are where surgical and other general medical cases are referred to. Specialized clinics also fall under the secondary care classification. Kuwait also have tertiary care centers where obstetrics-related conditions (for maternity), Neurosurgery, burns, orthopedic, allergy, hearing impairment, organ transplant and cancer cases are treated.
Private clinics and hospitals are also available in the country. The fees charged by these private medical institutions are monitored closely by the government. Most of these privately-held hospitals usually have their own pharmacies.