FOURTEEN medical facilities across Bahrain have been granted permission to conduct pre-employment medical tests for newly-hired expatriates.
National Health Regulatory Authority chief executive Dr Maryam Al Jalahma said the medical facilities newly licensed to conduct the health checks fulfilled high service standards.
“These standards cover different operational and administrative aspects, including inspection facilities, laboratories, and high-tech medical devices and X-ray machines,” said Dr Al Jalahma.
She explained that the private medical facilities will electronically transfer medical results directly to the Health Ministry.
This will allow the ministry to process applications swiftly, while improving co-ordination with the Labour Market Regulatory Authority.
Ms Al Jalahma stressed that the new measures concerning expatriate health checks will reduce the waiting time to receive an appointment from three months to just one week.
The time frame currently required to issue a medical certificate will also be reduced from one month to one week. The facilities will provide two types of services: Standard and premium.
Under the first, appointments will be given based on availability in the approved private medical facilities that will cost BD20, while in the latter an employer can select the centre.
Details of the 14 private medical facilities will soon be announced on government portals.