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‘Afiya’ in limbo over Health Ministry breach of contract – ARAB TIMES

The MoH owes about 125 million dinars to the GIG

KUWAIT CITY, April 3: With pensioners’ hopes pinned on the approval of a 3,000-dinar grant, knowledgeable sources told Al-Qabas daily that the welfare document is about providing services to tens of thousands of pensioners suffering from financial “difficulties”, which may threaten its continuation, due to the government’s delay in paying contributions to Gulf Insurance Group (GIG), the company which provides services to this category of citizens.

The sources revealed that the Ministry of Health owes about 125 million dinars to GIG, which provides services to retirees based on the “Afiya” document, noting that the ministry has paid nothing to the company for almost 10 years. a year, especially since the contract extension. last summer. In a related context, the sources indicated that the GIG is preparing to change its contracts with service providers at hospitals, health centers and clinics, so that dues are paid every 120 days instead of 45 days. current.

It should be noted that the “Afiya” contract has been in force since 2016, according to a law enacted by the National Assembly, where more than 135,000 retirees benefit from health insurance service from health service providers in the sector. private. Reliable sources have said that Gulf Insurance Group may stop payments to medical service providers in the country participating in contracts for health insurance services for retired citizens due to the failure of the Ministry of Health to not honoring the financial obligations of millions. dinars for more than 9 months.

The sources said that Gulf Insurance Group is surprised by the inability of the Ministry of Health to meet its requests submitted last February to pay the contractual obligations of medical service providers and their urgent need for cash in light of the current circumstances. . The sources pointed out that the ministry’s delay in paying GIG dues will not be able to fulfill its obligations to medical service providers and other parties involved in the project. The sources hope that the Minister of Health will instruct the authorities concerned to pay the sums due to the group as soon as possible, so that it can fulfill all its obligations towards all parties to the contract, stressing that it will continue to fulfill its obligations. obligations to all who hold GIG insurance policies away from “Afiya”.