High Quality Health Care
Within the seven pillars focused on in the Kuwait National Development Plan, the health care pillar is a vital one for the future sustainable development of Kuwait. An efficient, robust, and sustainable healthcare system is the cornerstone of future prosperity and advancement in all areas.
To that end, the Kuwait Public Policy Centre (KPPC) has been collaborating with global experts on developing health care policies to formulate a suitable plan to improve Kuwait’s healthcare system. Utilizing its relationships with international organizations, the center commissioned Dr. Sungsoo Chun, a renowned expert from South Korea, to support the developing of Kuwait's health care policy recommendations that will be incorporated into the Kuwait National Development Plan. The KPPC focuses on healthcare reforms to increase the health services quality in Kuwait, the reduction of non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs), and increasing of the capacity of public hospitals. Utilizing the KPPC’s workflow mechanism, the center began by identifying the gaps and challenges currently facing the Kuwait healthcare system. The KPPC published the 'Kuwait National Development Plan: Transforming it from Good to Excellent' report showcasing these gaps and challenges. Subsequently, the center later published the 'New Strategic Direction and Priority of Health Policy, and Policy Research Action Plan' to focus in on the main issues facing the healthcare system and the best ways to tackle them. The KPPC has also partnered with LSE Health (London School of Economics) to publish a report focused on a holistic review of the healthcare system in Kuwait and the biggest challenges it is currently facing. With all those reports and information compiled, the center has published a white paper on the healthcare pillar titled 'National Health Policy Framework: For Ensuring Health Lives and Wellbeing for All Ages at All Ages' to present to national stakeholders for inclusion within the Kuwait National Development Plan.
LSE Health Review
The KPPC sought to capitalize on the existing relationship between KFAS and the London School of Economics (LSE) to support with conducting a comprehensive strategy for Kuwait’s National Health System. That study was commissioned to aid in better formulating reform to be included in the mid-range 2020–2025 Kuwait National Development Plan. The partnerships between LSE, KFAS, and KPPC resulted in the development of a wide-ranging systematic review of the health care system. Collaborating with policymakers and stakeholders focused in the health services in Kuwait, the project aimed to reform the National Health System into a sustainable, more efficient one that would be viable in the long term. Within the study, gaps and shortcomings were listed as the issues facing Kuwait’s current health care system which impeded in making the health care system a sustainable model for the future. Such shortcomings included, but not limited to, issues in governance, financing, healthcare education, and the healthcare professional workforce in Kuwait.
The project has achieved the following objectives:
- Developed a comprehensive framework for the review of the Kuwaiti National Health System.
- In accordance to the KPPC’s participatory approach, the framework was reviewed by selected national stakeholders, making sure it fit the local context, and the unique challenges of the health care system in Kuwait.
- Collected and collated data from national stakeholders in support of the review.
- Identified the best international practices in health developments and reflected those lessons to fit within the Kuwaiti context.
- Overviewed the organizational and governance aspects of the national health system in Kuwait.
- Reviewed the financial aspect of the National Health System including expenditure and coverage.
- Drafted the Health System Review report based on the data collected from national consultations.
- That review included an overall assessment of the health systems and policy recommendations.
- Presented the Health System Review to national stakeholders for feedback and comments, addressing the report findings and validating them.