By Innovation-sa on November 27, 2017 in News

Saudi Arabia’s Council of Cooperative Health Insurance warned hospitals and health facilities against demanding a cash payment from insured patients.

The Council received several complaints against hospitals that refused to accept insurance claims and forced patients to pay in cash.

Yasser bin Ali Almuaarek, spokesman for the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance, reminded that this is a violation of the council’s policies and hospitals and health facilities violating these policies will be subjected to severe punishments including suspension.

He urged health facilities to conform to demands of the accreditation of service providers as well as to provide timely services and avoid delays in sending approvals to insurance companies, as per article 90 of the executive legislations.

The Council came with an explanation after repeated complaints and an investigation published in Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper.