There is an excellent level of medical treatment and healthcare in Kuwait. The country is considered to be at par with the facilities which are provided in the United States and Western Europe. It has a very small population and as the facilities are varied and cover almost every medical condition, there are almost no waiting lists and everyone is treated within days. Occasionally there may be something that cannot be covered by the medical system in Kuwait, in which case it may be necessary to seek treatment in another country. Any major surgery required by the ruling families is usually carried out in another country.
The medical staff in the hospitals and clinics are nearly all foreign, although there are some local doctors and nurses. They are attracted to the country because of the excellent financial benefits and so seeking medical treatment is not intimidating for expats. The public health service in Kuwait provides a number of free services for its citizens and many more for as low as 1KD, which means that healthcare is affordable for all members of society.
These services are also available free of charge to expats, although it is recommended that you have private medical insurance if you are working in the country as this will reduce the cost to the state and will ensure that you are covered for all eventualities. Tourists to the area and those on business also have access to the healthcare facilities and if you are unsure where your nearest doctor’s surgery is, your embassy will be able to provide you with a list.