Kuwaiti overseas students to receive free health insurance

May 19, 2010
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All Kuwaiti students studying abroad will receive free health insurance, the government has decided.

“The health cover will be extended to all students abroad, regardless of whether they are on a scholarship or studying at their own expense,” the health ministry said on Wednesday.

An extra amount of KD5 millions has been allocated to help meet the extra costs resulting from the new health coverage, Mohammad Al Azmi, head of health ministry health insurance, said, quoted by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

“Kuwaiti health offices abroad will be cooperating with the education offices to get the most attractive offers from the health insurance companies in various countries,” he said.

A high number of Kuwaiti students attend universities in the US, and a decision earlier this week by the education minister to impose a cap of 50 Kuwaitis per university has sparked a storm in the students’ union.

The minister did not explain the reasons for her decision, but Kuwaiti students said that the cap should be 50 on departments or colleges, but not on the university.

         

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