3.3m Saudis enjoy coop health cover

Updated 10 July 2015
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3.3m Saudis enjoy coop health cover

RIYADH: A total of 10,229,109 people are covered under the cooperate health insurance system, including 3,338,628 Saudis and the rest non-Saudis, Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih has said.
In a press statement, the minister said the insurance system aims to provide health care and organize services for all employees of the private sector and their families. Those insured can access health care services via 2,508 service providers, 28 health insurance companies, and eight claims management companies.
Al-Falih said the system helps ease the burden on government facilities, while providing additional sources of health care services, contributing to the development of the health sector, pushing for the expansion of new hospital and health centers throughout the Kingdom and creating job opportunities.
This came following a three-hour meeting, in which Al-Falih met with officials to discuss the strategy, analyze the situation and look at the initiatives that support the implementation of the strategy.


Saudi official reveals new details about Khashoggi case to Reuters

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Saudi official reveals new details about Khashoggi case to Reuters

DUBAI: The instructions of the head of the Khashoggi mission were based on a previous directive to negotiate the return of members of opposition, a Saudi official told Reuters in a report published on Sunday.

The source said that the primary reports on the mission were not accurate so they had to investigate further, and that journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death was a result of a mistake from the negotiation team.

The confusion of the negotiation team led them to cover up on the incident, the official told Reuters.

The previous negotiation directive did not require the person in charge to obtain approvals from leadership, the official added.

According to the Saudi official’s reports to Reuters, primary findings showed that the death was a result of choking during at attempt to stop Khashoggi from raising his voice.

The negotiation team disobeyed orders, abused their authority and used violence, and there are 18 suspects in the Khashoggi case and they are currently detained pending an investigation, according to the official.

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