Minister of Health Dr Jamal Al- Harbi has corroborated the news report that was published recently regarding the ministry’s intention to increase charges of the medical services offered to expatriates, reports Arab Times daily.
He revealed that the increased charges will come into effect mid-February. The minister insisted that the charges of medical services and laboratory tests for expatriates will be cheaper by at least 20 percent compared to the same services in the private health sector.
In a press statement, Dr Al-Harbi said, “A meeting was held last week with the Council of Undersecretaries of the ministry. The recommendations of that meeting have been endorsed based on the ministry’s review of the charges of medical services and laboratory tests provided by the government to the expatriates”.
He indicated that it was agreed at the end of the review that the charges of X-Ray and laboratory services must be increased but ensuring they are at least 20 percent cheaper than the prices of the same services offered in the private health sector, adding, “For services that are unavailable in the private sector such as Nuclear X-Ray, 50 percent of the cost of these services have to be borne by the patients”.
Source : Arabtimes