Report Says Kuwaitis Abuse Health System

KUWAIT CITY, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Kuwaitis are allegedly abusing their healthcare system, which pays all expenses for treatment abroad for the patient and companions, a doctor charged.

“If you analyze them, you will find about only 15 percent deserve to go abroad,” Dr. Mohammed Shamsah, the secretary-general of the Kuwait Medical Association told The National, a United Arab Emirates newspaper.


Some Kuwaitis are flying to Europe’s top tourist destinations during the summer months for plastic surgery, he said.

The applications “don’t say it’s for aesthetic reasons, they say, reconstructive breast surgery.”

Shamsah criticized the country’s politicians for the system that encourages many to abuse it.

Kuwait’s Ministry of Health spends millions of dollars and sends more than 2,000 Kuwaitis a year for treatment abroad, the paper said. Similar health programs are also run by the country’s military and police forces, the paper said.

Each patient requiring treatment abroad can be accompanied by their children, a caregiver and two family members. All receive plane tickets, a daily allowance, and in some cases travel in a private jet, the report said.

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