Once you arrive in Qatar you and the rest of your family need to apply for a Residents Permit so you can remain in Qatar.
22 July 2013| Last updated on 19 June 2017
Residence Permit and Healthcare
Qatar’s healthcare services have vastly improved over the years and are now internationally recognized as being comparable to other developed countries. The healthcare is available to all, regardless of their residency status. The hospitals in Qatar take great care when hiring staff and will ensure that the hospital doctors and nurses are some of the best qualified in the world. Many hospitals will recruit from abroad in order to ensure service delivery and consistency in care.
Recently Qatar has introduced a new law whereby all residents – nationals and non-nationals will be required to have medical insurance. This requirement will be rolled out across all sectors over the 2015 period.
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Supreme Council of Health
Under the guidance of his Highness the Emir of Qatar, the SCH was established in 2009 and given the responsibility to guide reform in Qatar in order to establish one of the world’s most admired and renowned health systems. The SCH’s role is to create a clear vision for the nation’s health direction, set goals and objectives for the country, design policies to achieve the vision, regulate the medical landscape, protect the public’s health, set the health research agenda, and monitor and evaluate progress towards achieving those objectives. Read more>>
National Health Strategy
Healthcare in Qatar is changing, and at the center of this change is the National Health Strategy (NHS).
The Qatar National Vision 2030, in particular the Human Development pillar is a clear commitment to a future that supports a healthy population both physically and mentally.
This vision is being delivered though the National Health Strategy 2011-2016 (NHS), the foundation of which is encouraging healthy lifestyles, promoting public health, and providing quality community-based care as the basis of a successful integrated healthcare system.
The NHS is the first, six year plan for reform of the health sector and is designed to benefit all people currently living in Qatar as well as future generations by providing “a comprehensive world-class healthcare system whose services are accessible to the whole population”. Read more>>
Hamad Medical Corporation – Qatar's leading healthcare provider
The Supreme Council of Health itself does not provide direct healthcare services; rather, these are the responsibility of public health care providers, such as the Hamad Medical Corporation and other private healthcare providers.
Since its establishment, Hamad Medical Corporation has become Qatar's leading non-profit healthcare provider, offering its patients a nationwide network of Primary Health Care Centers and highly specialized hospitals.
Private medical service facilities
Besides Hamad Medical Corporation as a non-profit healthcare provider, there is also a number of private medical service facilities providing healthcare to the public. Private practices and clinics offer a full scope of medical services, from specialist consultations, through dentistry, rehabilitation, home nursing care or hospital procedures and surgeries.
Qatar’s Preventive Health Department is responsible for fighting contagious diseases; carrying out vaccination, immunization and food and quarantine watch control; providing health education in the field of mother and child care insuring environmental health and safety. Apart from contagious diseases, a section for incommunicable diseases was set up comprising three units: tobacco control unit, chronic diseases and accidents control and statistics unit and nutrition unit.
The State of Qatar offers a comprehensive vaccination program for newborns, infants and children; and it was one of the first countries to add anti-influenza vaccine B to their newborns comprehensive immunization programs. To raise public awareness and to encourage population’s participation in immunization, the State of Qatar has initiated nation-wide immunization campaigns against contagious diseases.
Qatar at the top of the per capita health expenditure list among the Gulf Cooperative Council
Qatar's healthcare sector has grown steadily since the opening of the country's first hospital almost 50 years ago. According to the recent World Health Statistics reports by World Health Organization, there has been a massive increase in public spending on healthcare in Qatar in the last years, and the country is currently at the top of the per capita health expenditure list among the Gulf Cooperation Council (for more information please visit the World Health Organization website.