Government will finance health services for Bahrainis
Thursday, 12 10 2015, Category: Insurance and Reinsurance, Country: Bahrain
State Minister for Defence Affairs and Chairman of the Supreme Health Council Dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa said that the Council signed an agreement with the World Bank in order to prepare the Health Insurance Project in the Kingdom of Bahrain, clarifying that the World Bank will be a consultant during the next four years of the project with a total cost of BD 1.5 million. He indicated that “the financing of health services for citizens in both the private and public sectors will be made by compulsory contributions pre-paid to the health insurance system by the government”. He estimated that the budget to provide comprehensive health services in Bahrain which are offered by government exceeded BD 400 million.
The Chairman of the Supreme Health Council said that “according to the program currently in place, partial implementation of the project will be done in the beginning of year 2018, and will be fully implemented in the beginning of the following year and will cover governmental health organizations such as hospitals and medical center as well as more than 26 private hospitals and clinics”, indicating that the “increase in annual health care expenditures in the health sector in Bahrain attained 10-12% annually”.
Source: Bahrain News Agency