New medical plan for expats




A new health care scheme for private sector foreign employees was launched in Bahrain yesterday.

Each private company must pay an annual BD72 per expat employee on renewing work permits at the Labour Market Regulatory Authority.

Private firms must also pay BD22.500 per Bahraini employee annually and the levied sum will be incorporated in overall social insurance taxes.

Health Minister Sadiq Al Shehabi issued an edict last month, announcing the scheme regardless of the number of foreign workers. The ministry said yesterday no work permit would be issued or renewed unless health care fees are paid. It urged all private firms to register their expat workers with the ministry.

Private firms with more than 50 employees can either register with the ministry, launch their own health insurance or open clinics which operate round the clock. Companies opting for the second or third alternative must submit a demand to the ministry to be exempted from the health care fees.

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