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Qatar has a centrally funded public healthcare system. All citizens have the right to free and equal access to health services that are financed from public funds. Healthcare is financed through directly allocated central funding from the public budget.

The health sector has been allocated QR22.7bn, which represents 11.2% of total expenditures in 2018. Major projects to improve Qatar’s healthcare services include expansion of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) facilities, primary health care centers, Emergency Hospital and the establishment of new health centers, costing QR2.9bn over five years. The education sector has been given an outlay of QR19bn in the 2018 budget, up 18% over the current year. New faculties are planned in medicine and pharmacology. The government is currently actively pursuing an alternate system of healthcare financing through health insurance, but this is not yet in place.

Expatriates can purchase health cards. The costs are still low and do not come close to meeting the actual cost of health care services. Healthcare costs in the private sector are very expensive to many except for some banks, private companies and the oil sector which subsidize their employees’ medical coverage in the private sector. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for health services. Private healthcare is growing driven by popular demand for higher quality services. Healthcare costs are still relatively cost-effective compared with regional neighbors with highly developed private health care systems.

The healthcare system is available to all; whether you are a national, expatriate or a tourist. Qatar has a public health service that provides free or highly subsidized healthcare with the one exception to this may be treatment for highly specialized services. Expatriates are still required to pay some of their medical costs, for that they usually avail of international health insurance.

Opportunities:

Under the Qatar Health Facilities Master Plan, 48 healthcare projects are expected to be completed by 2020 and this includes 31 health centers, two long term care facilities and five hospital expansion plans. Global healthcare organizations are invited to partner in opening new facilities in the sector. Finally, participation of the private sector will rise in the healthcare industry. One of the main areas of focus for preventative healthcare is the fight against contagious diseases.

Best Prospects include:

E-medicine Technologies

Training & Training Equipment

Research & Development

Healthcare Education Materials

Medical Equipment

Medical Management/Consultancy Services

Patients’ Safety Training


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