Saudi health facilities force insured patients to pay with cash

Medical workers leave the hospital's emergency department, in this April 27, 2014 file photo, in the Saudi capital Riyadh. (AFP)
Updated 25 November 2017
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Saudi health facilities force insured patients to pay with cash

RIYADH: The Council of Cooperative Health Insurance has said that health facilities do not have the right to demand payments from insured people, and that the punishment for such violation is a suspension.
The assurance came after repeated complaints that some health centers and hospitals refuse to register insurance claims and force patients to pay cash. The Health Insurance Council said that this procedure is illegal.
Yasser bin Ali Almuaarek, spokesman for the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance, said this constituted a violation of the council’s regulations and exposed the offender to punishments including suspension of the facility, according to an investigation published by Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper.
Almuaarek said that health facilities should adhere to the requirements of the accreditation of service providers, and should provide services promptly and observe the time limits for sending approvals to the insurance companies, as stated in article 90 of the executive regulations.
Almuaarek said that the number of insured people as per Nov. 22 was 11,992,727.


White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

Updated 22 October 2018
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White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

WASHINGTON: Speaking about Saudi Arabia's investigation into the case of the late Jamal Khashoggi, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said that the Trump administration is still in "fact-finding phase."

"We're getting facts in from multiple places and once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe, and what we think is credible and what we think is not credible," Kushner said on Monday

"We have our eyes wide open. The president's focused on what's good for America, what are our strategic interests, where do we share interests with other countries let's work towards those," he added.

Kushner stressed that Saudi Arabia was an "important ally" of the US, and a "critical partner," especially in countering Iran's influence in the Middle East.

Kushner also said he had spoken to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the case.