Private & Public Hospitals

Over the last few years there have been incidents where I have had some interaction with private hospitals from normal cases to emergency cases which could be fatal. There is a lot that can be said about Kuwait’s medical system, one simple thought that comes to mind is that it is that we are lacking hospitals. And a few private hospitals have popped out but they aren’t as good as people have in mind.


When it comes to serious cases in Kuwait they always go to the Public sector, they have really good doctors and there are that people that care. It is sad seeing people get caught in the bureaucracy which is rampant in the public hospitals they end up not getting the medical treatment that is needed. Then there is the lack of professional care, half the recovery is after the surgery or when you are in the case of the nurses and in the public hospitals the employees are slightly disgruntled or do what they can with what they have.

What we need is some new hospitals and a drastic cut in the bureaucracy, our hospitals are in disarray and badly maintained with patchwork keeping it together. The same person cleaning the bathrooms is the same person serving the patients food which is a disaster. For country such as Kuwait it sad to see the state of these hospitals even when our doctors are really good. We really do have good doctors but sadly they get disheartened and we loose some of them who become prominent doctors in Europe, Canada, and the US.


There are a few private hospitals that have popped over the last few years and some of them are decent. But what I always feel about private hospitals is that they are trying to squeeze every penny out of you, not necessarily trying to rob you bling but a bit going over board.

One very drastic problem with private hospitals is that they will not accept dangerous cases or accidents which has happened with me personally. I was taking someone in who had a severe head injury and was refused entry by security at the door even though he was covered in blood from his head to his waist. I put him back in my car and flew to Mubarak Hospital who took him in right away and got him into surgery.

Then there is the drastic lack of equipment and expertise in emergency or complex cases. They all say they have emergency rooms or floors but in reality they don’t have the adequate equipment to handle them and this we have also experienced. There has to be some sort of oversight by the government to make sure they are ready for all types of cases which they are not. They might have nice buildings, clean areas, and smiling staff but still they aren’t equipped for every type of issue.

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!


  1. what u hv said is true & i agree with u but somehow i feel comfortable in private hospitals because i know they’ll take good care of me when im very sick & need help! i know they dont accept fatal cases or traumas but they do hv good doctors & nice nurses unlike the public hospitals!

    i had an emergency a couple of months ago & knew exactly that private hospital wont take me in so we went to alsabah where i had this horror experience, doctor was rude, messy waiting room, filthy ER & there was a case where a woman’s water broke in the middle of the waiting area & no one did anything! she stayed there for god knows how long! but they had good treatment!

    i swear i almost spit at the doctor’s face but i controlled myself!

  2. @swera – The problem with the public sector is complete mismanagement! Thats the problem, and the nursing staff have issues! But in reality the real good doctors are in the private sector and especially for complex cases. And there are a lot of Horror stories for in public hospitals! But there are some horror stories in private hospitals as well but no one is held accountable thats the problem too!

  3. It’s a double-edged sword really when it comes to health care in Kuwait. I hope that someone wakes up and realizes that it’s time to utilize our surplus funds to rectify our health care and educational infrastructures. Without those two, we’re practically doomed.

  4. Management is definitely the problem – but then that’s not just in hospitals! Two of my sisters and my brother are doctors here. Public is where we should go even if it doesn’t look good…

  5. Public hospitals are good but there is no organization and lack of care. Otherwise they are doing a great job if someone paid more attention to them then we would all be at peace.

  6. “i swear i almost spit at the doctor’s face but i controlled myself!”

    If I was a Doc and that’s what patients feel… I would never even bother looking at you, let alone touching you.

    What a shameful disgusting thought swera, even-though you’re pissed.

  7. 3azeez

    There are only two or three “real” private hospitals and those are very old. All the new ones claiming to be hospitals are just big buidlings with clinics on and part time specialist staff. They are limited with their capabilities and understaffed.

  8. AmonA

    Agree 100%. and to add to what you said, even when u go to privet hospitals and u know they are robbing you of, when it comes to serious cases they will always transfer you to public hospitals.
    Privet can do dental, deliver babies and plastic surgeries nothing more :(
    Public, great doctors but rude staff, poor service, small facilities, cleanness issues …..etc

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