Healthcare in Qatar
RP and Healthcare
When you arrive in Qatar you will need to apply for a Residents Permit (RP). You and all of your family members will need an RP in order to remain in Qatar. Usually someone from your company will help you with the procedure which on the face if it can be quite daunting. You and all of your family will need to undergo a medical which will involve a blood test, chest X-ray and blood group analysis. You will also need to have your finger prints taken. Make sure you have at least 20-30 passport size photos as you will find that everything you apply for requires a photo! It is best to have photos taken here as passport photo sizes and backgrounds can vary from country to country. There are many studios located in the malls and the cost is minimal.
Qatar has a lot to offer in terms of healthcare. It boasts not only one of the most advanced neonatal care programs in the world but also some of the most advanced medical equipment. There are also many highly qualified specialists in Qatar from all around the world. Medical facilities are being improved continually and by 2012 Qatar will have increased the number of hospital beds from 1,000 to 2,000 with the opening of several new clinics including Hamad medical city.
Hamad Hospital is the government hospital in Qatar and you will need a medical card in order to receive treatment. The medical card will cost QR100, however they will see anyone in an emergency. There are also many other private hospitals and clinics such as Al Ahli Hospital and Doha Clinic. The fees here are quite a lot higher than at Hamad, however most employers offer private medical care through an insurance company such as ALICO or QIC. Some hospitals / clinics will directly bill the insurance company whilst some work on a reimbursement basis. All hospitals and clinics have English speaking doctors. Most clinics have a dental clinic and they are also many private practices.
Qatar’s health sector and medical facilities have highly qualified doctors and medical staff as well as some the most advanced medical equipment in the world. It is only one of 4 countries in the world that offers services like its neonatal programme that screens newborn babies for inherited disorders.
Hamad medical cooperation (HMC) hosts a number of medial conferences that result in attracting a number of experts and world authorities. HMC is state sponsored and subsidised, it also has one of the highest expenditures in the gulf region.
Some of the well known HMC hospitals are:
•Women’s Hospital (Generally Gynaecology and Obstetrics)
•Al Khor hospital (Ranges Form Dermatology, Obstetrics to Dental & Plastic Surgery)
•Al Amal Oncology Hospital (Cancer treatment- detection therapy counseling, Rehabilitation & Education)
•Hamad General Hospital (Surgery, Pediatrics Laboratory Medicine and Pathology)
•Rumailah Hospital (Plastic Surgery, ENT and ophthalmology)
Health care services are free for Qatari nationals, however, expatriates will have to pay for the use of medial and dental facilities.
Alternative medicine is not recognised and is banned by the Ministry of health. Nationals and expatriates seeking this type of treatment travel abroad to places known for particular treatments.
List of Clinics & Health Centres:
Abu Bakar Clinic Contact Number: 4468 1795
Abu Hamour Health Centre Contact Numbrer: 4469 1261
Airport Health Center Contact Number: 4467 5633
Al Gharrafa Health Centre Contact Number: 4488 6348
Al Montaza Health Centre Contact Number: 4443 5784
Apollo Clinic Contact Number: 4441 8441
Al Jazira Polyclinic Contact Number: 4435 1155
Al Rafa Polyclinic Contact Number: 4444 0499
Al Shahaniya Clinic Contact Number: 4471 8995
Al Shefa Polyclini Contact Number: 4466 0330
Doha Chiropractic Centre Contact Number: 4456 0012
Elaj Medical Center Contact Number: 4443 1254
Euro Clinic Contact Number: 4444 0156
Elites Medical Complex Contact Number: 4467 3043
Qatar Medical Center Contact Number: 4444 0606
Umm Bab health Centre Contact Number: 4471 1704
Pediatric Emergency Centre Contact Number: 4439 2948
Radiology Department Contact Number: 4439 3876
West Bay health Centre Contact Number: 4438 7788
List of Government Hospitals:
Al Amal Oncology Hospital Contact Number: 4439 7830
Hamad General Hospital Contact Number: 4439 4444
Al Rumailah Hospital Contact Number: 4439 2222
Women's Hospital Contact Number: 4439 6666
List of Private Clinics & Health Centers:
Al Ahli Hospital Contact Number: 4489 8888
Al Emadi Hospital Contact Number: 4466 6009
American Hospital Contact Number: 4442 1999
Doha Clinic Hospital Contact Number: 4438 4333
Family Medical Centre Contact Number: 4431 0707
Consultant Dental Center Contact Number: 4467 7166
Health cards are issued after you have received your resident permit. Everyone can apply for a health card even if you have private medical insurance, as you will need this card if you need treatment at any of the government facilities. The health card will have your Qatar ID number, nationality, photo, and expiration date printed on it. It is only used at government hospitals and clinics. Your employer should arrange for this card, but if not, obtaining it is quite easy. You canapply on line at www.e.gov.qa, by simply following the instructions, pay using a credit card, and the card will be delivered to you, within one or two days.
Alternatively, you could go to the Health Card Office at the Rumeila Hospital or the nearest government health facility and complete the necessary forms. They will need to be accompanied by two photos, a copy of your Qatar ID card and a fee of QR 100. The card should be ready in two to three weeks and the receipt for the fee may be used at health care facilities until the card is issued. The health card will only be valid for the same length of time as your residence visa.
One of the best places to renew your health card is the Post Office. For a fee of QR 100, you may submit your old health card, one photo, plus a copy of your Qatar ID card, and they will let you know when to collect your new card by putting a notice in your post box.
Car insurance can vary between 5% and 8% which depends entirely on the cost of your car. Cars generally built for speed may be black listed. You can still get insurance for these type of cars but at a cost.
House hold insurance is advisable for those who have valuable house hold goods and items. Theft is rare but does occur.
Private medical insurance is available and in most cases is provided by the employees sponsor.
List of Companies Offering Medical, Home & Life Insurance:
Ace Qatar LLC
Tel: 4413 0205
Al Khaleej Insurance & Reinsurance Company
Tel: 4441 4151
American Life Insurance Company Qatar
Tel: 4465 5057
Tel: 4465 5057
Arabia Insurance Company
Tel: 4442 2682
Atlas Assurance Company LLC
Tel: 4466 4406
Cedars Motor & Trading Company LLC
Tel: 4469 9060
Doha Insurance Company
Tel: 4433 5000
Islamic Takaful Insurance
Tel: 4487 8906
Libano - Suisse SAL Insurance Company
Tel: 4466 4406
National Insurance Company Of Egypt
Qatar Islamic Insurance Company (TAKAFUL)
Tel: 4465 8888
Website: www.qiic.net.qa/English_ pages