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Volume :23 Issue : 90 1998      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

HEALTH CARE IN THE STATE OF KUWAIT ... A study in Health Care Geography

Auther : Dr. Ghanem Sultan Amman

 

          The State of Kuwait has developed a comprehensive and responsive Public Health System.  In fact, the availability of health services is a constitutional right accorded to all Kuwaitis.  The Ministry of Health provides health care to all residents, Kuwaitis as well as expatriates, free of charge.

           Although the concept of modern health care dates back to the year 1912, the year in which the first clinic was established, the health delivery system entered into a new era with the independence of Kuwait in 1961. The Ministry of Public Health was established the same year. The period since independence have seen tremendous developments in health services.

          This study deals with the situation of health care in the State of Kuwait in comparison with some developed and developing countries in the world.  The geographical distribution of health care patterns in different health regions offered through primary health care centers are studied also.

          The results of the study supported most of the hypothesis. Among these results is the increase of patients’ visit to casualty units, which rose from 49% in 1989 to 66% in 1995.  Additionally, there was an increase in patients’ visits between 1989 and 1995 to all hospital units.  The main causes of death in Kuwait since 1980, are: cardiovascular diseases, neoplasms and road traffic accidents.

          Finally, the study ended with some recommendations.

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