Living in Kuwait
Private Medical Care
Despite the excellent comprehensive services provided by the public
health service, private hospitals and clinics thrive in Kuwait. The MPH
regulates standards and the fees they may charge. The private hospitals
and clinics have their own pharmacies. Most of them are general
hospitals with some specialist departments. Some have limited equipment,
such as ICUs, or specialists and refer patients to government hospitals
for special procedures.
There are ten private hospitals in Kuwait. These are - Al Salam Hospital, New Mawasat Hospital, Al Rashid Hospital, Hadi Hospital, February 25 Hospital, Al Ahmadi Hospital, Kuwait National PetroleumCo Hospital, Saudi Arabia Texaco Hospital, London Hospital and New Dar Al-Shifa Hospital.
Private clinics are usually staffed by doctors of a particular specialty. There are several private dentists and dental clinics providing services to international standards. Orthodontics are only available to expatriates through these dentists and clinics.
The Ministry of Health has approved the applications of 35 private companies to set up private hospitals in Kuwait. A decision is also issued allowing cooperative societies, private hospitals and Kuwaiti doctors to open private clinics for general practice in residential areas.