Health service charges To Go up by 30%

by Saudi Commerce | Jan 21, 2014

Health service charges at private hospitals and clinics are likely to go up by 30 percent as a result of the recent Labor Ministry decisions, including the two-day weekend and Nitaqat conditions, said members of the National Health Committee at the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
The committee also urged the government to apply the cooperative health insurance scheme to citizens to help them avoid paying the bill for diagnosis and medical tests. Ibrahim Mohammed Abu Khamseen, a member of the Asharqia Chamber health committee, welcomed the Health Ministry’s recent decision preventing private hospitals and clinics from imposing special charges on patients while opening files. “This will increase the number of visitors at hospitals and raise their profits,” he said.
Khaled Al-Subaie, a committee member from the Riyadh chamber, said health service charges would be increased because of Labor Ministry decisions. The ministry has instructed health-care facilities to increase the rate of Saudization from the previous 25 percent to 30 percent. Some clinics may have to shut down as a result of this condition, he said.

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