The official spokesperson for Saudi Arabia’s Cooperative Health Insurance Council, Yaser Almuarik has announced health insurance policies sold by health insurance companies under the C name are for marketing purposes only and are not recognised by the insurance system. He added the system does not permit insurance companies to issue policies with benefits which are less than those in the unified policy recognised by the Council. Companies should issue policies which offer the same services offered by the unified policy and if the service is not available in a certain hospital the patient should be referred to another hospital.
Bahrain’s Parliament has unanimously approved a GCC-wide anti-commercial cheating Law. The GCC Commercial Cheating Combating Law was approved following feedback from Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister, Zayed Al Zayani. If the Shoura Council approves it, the Law will be sent to the King to approve and if he does, the 2014 Commercial Cheating Law will be revoked. Under the draft law, those who cheat consumers by providing them with tampered or manipulated products will be jailed for up to two years or fined between 500 and 100,000 Dinars or jailed and fined. If those involved in forging documents, stamps, weights, measurements or contents to introduce products harmful to humans and animals, they will be jailed up to three years, or fined between 10,000 and 100,000 Dinars, or both.