A new hospital in Kuwait will only treat citizens and not foreigners, officials have confirmed, in what has widely been seen as a discriminatory measure against the Gulf state’s millions of low-paid manual migrant workers. 
The new 304 million dinar (£802 million) Jaber Hospital, 20 minutes’ drive away from downtown Kuwait City, is the first public hospital to be built in country where public services are under pressure since 1984.
Healthcare is free in Kuwait, although most Westerners resident in the country opt for private providers. The vast majority of foreigners – mainly from other Arab or Asian countries – use the public service for heavily subsidised fees. Employers generally pay an annual health insurance fee of 50 dinars (£129) per worker per year. 
Around 70 per cent of Kuwait’s total population –  2.9 million of 4.2 million people – is thought to be foreign born. 
“[Migrant labourers] were granted their workers’ visa. They deserve …
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