Qatar’s healthcare services are internationally recognized and are of a high standard, comparable to other developed countries. The healthcare system is available to all, regardless of residency or nationality, and it offers the most advanced medical equipment and highly qualified staff as well as a countrywide network of hospitals and healthcare centers.
Qatar's public healthcare is regulated by the Supreme Council of Health (SCH). It was established by Emiri decree in 2005. The key functions of the SCH are to create a clear vision for the nation’s health direction and to guarantee a quality of public healthcare which matches the best in the world. It supervises the quality and effectiveness of service delivered by primary care and hospital and other public and private sector health service providers to ensure adherence to quality standards and continual improvement of performance. read more
The National Health Strategy 2011-2016 (NHS) is a comprehensive program of reforms, aligned to the Qatar National Vision 2030 that will advance Qatar’s Healthcare Vision of creating a world-class, patient-centered healthcare system.
The National Health Strategy 2011-2016 is intended to propel Qatar toward the health goals and objectives contained in Qatar National Vision 2030:
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.
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'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.