Health insurance scheme delayed

Updated 01 August 2013
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Health insurance scheme delayed

Market experts have welcomed the Health Service Council’s plan to delay the medical insurance scheme for citizens by at least five years.
The council’s proposal has been presented to higher authorities, a source told Arab News.
“The council, chaired by Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, took the decision on the basis of the findings of a recent study,” Al-Eqtisadiah Arabic daily earlier quoted a ministry source as saying.
The introduction of medical insurance for Saudi nationals is likely to double the Kingdom’s insurance market, which is now estimated at more than SR25 billion.
The scheme has been subjected to extensive studies by the ministry and the Shoura Council over the past years.
In a previous statement, Minister Al-Rabeeah has said that application of medical insurance on citizens was not an easy task and should not be compared with that of expats.
Khaled Mirghalani, spokesman of the ministry, said the scheme is still under study in association with the Cooperative Health Insurance Council.
Market experts welcomed the decision to postpone the scheme and voiced hope additional time for authorities to develop a world-class system.
“We have to adopt best practices in other countries, especially the US, to make the scheme more service-oriented than another money-making business,” said Professor Mohammed Abdussalam of King Abdulaziz University’s Faculty of Engineering.
Kavungal Mohamed, assistant vice president of Marsh, said the postponement would help the government provide better health services to citizens.
At present about 70 percent of citizens depend on government hospitals and medical centers for health services, Mohamed said.
“The Kingdom should have necessary infrastructure before applying the scheme on citizens,” he told Arab News, adding that the scheme’s application on Saudi nationals would double the Kingdom’s insurance market.


More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

In this file photo, expatriate workers are seen outside a Labor Ministry office in Riyadh to fix their status in the Kingdom. In the past seven months, Saudi authorities have arrested more than 1.25 foreigners for violating residential and labor laws. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018
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More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

  • Of the total arrested, 931,069 were violators of residential regulations,  218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 tried to gain entry into the Kingdom illegally.
  • The crackdown started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14.

JEDDAH: More than 1.25 million people were arrested in Saudi Arabia for violating residential, labor and border security regulations during the Kingdom’s months-long campaign.

The crackdown, which started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14, saw the arrests of 1,251,966 people in the joint security field campaign across the Kingdom. Those arrested included 931,069 violators of residential regulations, 218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 violators of border security regulations.

The total number of people arrested attempting to cross the Kingdom’s borders stood at 19,233 people. Of those arrested, 54 percent were Yemenis, 43 percent Ethiopian, and 3 percent from other nations. 

The Kingdom also arrested 790 people who tried to leave the Kingdom illegally.

There were 2,167 people who were arrested for harboring and transporting violators of labor and security border regulations, and 415 citizens were arrested for transporting and sheltering expatriates violating regulations. Regulatory measures were taken against 388 citizens who were subsequently released. 

The number of expatriates currently detained stands at 10,245, including 8,817 men and 1,428 women. Immediate penalties were imposed on 221,404 violators while 177,329 violators were referred to their respective diplomatic missions for travel documents and 327,034 were deported.