We asked readers to provide us with valuable feedback on having in place a new National Health Insurance Scheme. We received several thought-provoking answers, but this is the one that stood out from the lot.
“Medical facilities in Oman for expats are basically in the hands of private clinics, which charge very high consultation fees. Most blue-collar expats cannot afford the fees and hence ignore their health problems. This leads to the deterioration of their health, and them having to return home for treatment. With the implementation of mandatory insurance, proper medical treatment will be available to the lowest level of employees at the initial stages of their illnesses. Employees will not have to worry about their sudden medical bills and this will reduce their stress, which will thereby help them to perform their jobs without worry. A healthier employee will definitely result in greater productivity. The cost of the implementation of mandatory insurance in the Sultanate will definitely be high but if the number of people covered by the scheme is considerable then the cost per person will definitely be lower.”
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