Arab World


18. Kuwait > Health

Kuwait is divided into six 'health zones': Farwaniya, Adan, Amiri, Jahra, Shuwaikh and Mubarak Al Kabir - each serving between 300,000 to 500,000 people. Each zone has a public hospital, health centres and specialised clinics. Following the Iraqi occupation many hospitals had to be rebuilt or re-equipped.

Recent figures show that Kuwait has 15 hospitals and sanatoriums, and 75 general health centres and clinics. There are 3,204 physicians, 448 pharmacists, 6,406 technicians, 7,319 administrators, and 8,232 nurses. Health care in Kuwait is almost free of charge.

A programme of privatisation of state-owned institutions has begun in Kuwait which includes the health sector. However, this initiative is balanced by the requirement to protect jobs for Kuwaiti citizens.

In 2006, Kuwait spent approximately 4.9 per cent of its total budget on healthcare (up from 8.8 per cent in 2000), accounting for 78.2 per cent of all healthcare spending. Total expenditure on healthcare equated to 2.2 per cent of the country's GDP. Per capita expenditure on health was approximately US$803, compared with US$508 in 2000. (Source: WHO)

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