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MoH defends blood fees hike for expats in Kuwait

Latest News Kuwait City 15 May 23
MoH defends blood fees hike for expats in Kuwait
Ministry of Health defends blood fees hike for expats in Kuwait.
Event Location
Kuwait, Kuwait
Kuwait City
Start Time
15 May 2023, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 May 2023, 12:00 AM

The Health Ministry issued the clarification to avoid any confusion regarding the collection of fees for blood transfusion. The Kuwaiti Health Minister, Dr. Ahmad Al-Awadhi, announced a new decision that requires expatriates, both residents and visitors, to pay fees for blood transfusions. According to the decision, expats in Kuwait will be charged KD 20 for each bag of blood, while expats on a visit visa will be charged KD 40 per bag.

However, the fees will not be collected from expatriate patients in emergency or urgent cases, cancer patients, children, and other humanitarian cases. Patients who find their own blood donors will also be exempted from the fees.

The sources explained that the prescribed symbolic fees came after about a year and a half of study through the committee of specialists in the ministry, and it is not a goal of the ministry in itself, as far as achieving the noble goals that the ministry seeks from realizing the value of the donation, taking into account “exemption of medical cases such as the emergency cases that require transfusion of blood and its derivatives, such as critical cases, children’s cases, cancer, and other cases that are exempt from these fees.

The sources indicated that the recently approved fees for blood transfusion services are symbolic related to administrative procedures, such as preserving and transporting blood bags and laboratory tests, which are exempted if there is a donor, which came as an incentive to urge people to donate blood.

The sources pointed out that the committee for studying the prices of services provided by the Blood Bank and laboratory analyzes made strenuous efforts in studying and comparing these fees with those in the countries of the region, as they are still nominal fees, compared to the actual cost of services and technical and administrative procedures involved in blood transfusion and preservation

Kuwait blood fees hike