Qatar’s various healthcare providers work closely together to deliver the very best healthcare services to Qatar’s population.
Referrals between providers
Primary care centers are usually the first point of contact for patients with non-emergency conditions in
Qatar. If the primary care doctor feels that more specialist care is need at one of HMC’s hospitals, they
will refer the patient in to HMC for an appointment. A similar referral process also operates between
HMC, Sidra Medicine and the private sector provider. Patients can also be referred back to a primary
health center for follow up after receiving treatment at an HMC hospital.
Sharing of patient information
Over the last 10 years many initiatives have significantly improved the ability of clinical teams to share
patient information between teams across the health system. Many patient records, including laboratory
results, x-rays images and medical reports, can now be accessed electronically by clinical teams in HMC,
PHCC and Sidra facilities. This enhances the quality of care delivered to patients by providing clinicians
with a complete patient record regardless of where they are treated.