Health in Kuwait

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Kuwait has a state-funded healthcare system, which provides treatment without charge to holders of a Kuwaiti passport. A public insurance scheme exists to provide reduced cost healthcare to non-citizens. Private healthcare providers also run medical facilities in the country, available to members of their insurance schemes.[1]

Obesity is a growing health concern in Kuwait. According to Forbes magazine, Kuwait ranked 8 on a 2007 list of fattest countries with a percentage of 74.2% of Kuwait's total population with an unhealthy weight.[2] In 2011, the number of bariatric operations in Kuwait was 5,000.[3]


  1. ^ "HEALTH SERVICES". Embassy of Kuwait in Canada. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Lauren Streib (February 8, 2007). Forbes "World's Fattest Countries". Forbes. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  3. ^ "Kuwaitis fight fat with stomach stapling – Kuwait becomes one of the world’s fattest countries". Kuwait Times. 8 November 2012. Archived from the original on 13 April 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013.