Like its GCC counterparts Oman and Qatar, Kuwait is seeing significant investment in its healthcare facilities, with public health bodies and private investors on a drive to improve healthcare facilities.
Improvements to Kuwait’s public healthcare facilities
Kuwait’s Ministry of Health announced in December 2010 that it intends to spend eight billion dollars on hospital construction projects by 2016. Plans to build eight new hospitals have already been approved, and once constructed they will enable state hospitals to provide an extra 5,000 beds for treating patients.
Many of the most recent developments have centred on the Mubarak Al-kabeer Hospital, with Kuwait’s Ministry of Health announcing a range of expansion plans for the medical facilities at the hospital, including increasing the number of main surgical units from eight to ten and extending the emergency room. The hospital will also benefit from a new dialysis centre with the capacity to treat eighty patients.
The Ministry of Health also has plans to build a new Paediatric Trauma Centre and an X-ray unit alongside the existing hospital to form an expanded hospital complex.
Developments in the private healthcare sector
In the private healthcare sector Kuwait Finance House (KFH) is continuing to invest in Al-Salam International Hospital.
During recent years, the hospital has seen the number of surgical procedures performed at the hospital increase considerably due to a range of developments and improvements to medical facilities. The hospital has recently launched a Derma Care Centre and continues to receive regular visits from leading international medical consultants.
KFH has also recently launched several social healthcare initiatives in Kuwait. These include an Addiction Treatment Centre and three ambulance centres, with a further twelve ambulance centres planned for different areas around the country.