Kuwait City: The Kuwaiti health ministry has implemented a new scheme that includes a KD2 fee for authentication of sick leave issued by the private sector.
The new fees are for services offered by the medical council to expatriate workers, including KD20 for medical examination for those applying to work in the public and private sectors; KD5 for medical examination for those seeking disability aid and age estimation; KD10 for “medically unfit”, “to whom it may concern” and proportion of disability due to injury certificates; and KD5 to approve sick leave issued by non-government doctors inside or outside Kuwait.
The health ministry has also imposed fees for approving advertisements – KD50 for three months for licencing ads for health-related products and KD100 for licencing ads about companies or health facilities.
The ministry has also started levying fees for analysis at drug registration laboratories for medicines, health products, food supplements and medical supplies.
Analysis of a registered product will cost KD15 and KD50 for non-registered products. The fee for re-analysis for the first time is KD30 and KD60 when the request is repeated, according to Kuwait Times.