KUWAIT CITY, Dec 4: The Court of Cassation ruled to oblige the Ministry of Health, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, and the director of the Department of Overseas Treatment in their capacity to pay KD 78,000 to a Kuwaiti woman, thereby canceling the appealed ruling. According to the case file, Lawyer Nour Bin Haider explained that her client, while undergoing treatment in America, was surprised to realize she was suffering from a lung clot. Shortly after, she fell into a coma, and her medical benefits were suspended, even though her treatment had not been completed.
Given the seriousness of her medical condition, the treating physician recommended that she could not return to Kuwait. Following the failure of all attempts made by her with the health office in Washington, she was forced to bear the expenses of her treatment and the expenses of those accompanying her until her return to Kuwait, which was one year after the decision to suspend her medical benefits.
The Supreme Medical Committee for Overseas Treatment agreed to disburse only USD 70,000 for the treatment bills and refused to compensate the plaintiff for the other expenses she incurred for herself and her companions. Lawyer Nour Bin Haider presented to the court a portfolio of documents that included doctor’s reports and correspondence regarding her client’s health condition, which was not presented to the concerned medical committee to determine whether to extend the period of her treatment or not. The court had ruled that the plaintiff was entitled to an amount of KD 78,000.
The Court of Appeals overturned the ruling. During the court session at the Court of Cassation, Lawyer Nour Bin Haider adhered to the experts’ report that her client was entitled to an amount of KD 78,000, including KD 200 per day for 13 months based on the recommendation of the treating doctor, which is what the Court of Cassation used to conclude that the plaintiff was entitled to the aforementioned amount.
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