Saudi Arabia – Refusal to speed up health insurance for citizens
Saturday, 11 05 2016, Category: Insurance and Reinsurance, Country: Saudi Arabia
The health committee of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia refused to speed up the implementation of health insurance on citizens. In the meantime, a member of the Assembly criticized the ministry of health for delaying the launch of the health insurance strategy. He said that 12 unfruitful years passed at the ministry and he expressed fears that the health committee might further suspend the implementation of health insurance on citizens citing health services privatization as an excuse.
Dr. Fahad Bin Jomah confirmed to “Al Hayat” that he plans to submit a recommendation in order to speed up the implementation of universal health insurance for the persons who do not receive insurance in their jobs. He plans to submit his proposal during the presentation of the report of the ministry of health in year 1435/1436H on next Wednesday. Dr. Bin Jomah said “the ministry of health mentions it is working on the insurance strategy and started drafting it 12 years ago. However, until today it did not set a timetable to implement health insurance on citizens”, so the he asked the ministry to implement insurance before the privatization of health services.
Source: Al Hayat