Guide to Health Insurance in Qatar

Whether you’re relocating to Qatar permanently or just looking for a new international health insurance provider, it’s imperative to know what’s available both in terms of insurance provision, but also healthcare and facilities.

Qatar has an estimated population of 1,409,000male and female life expectancies at 78 and 79 respectively and an infant mortality rate of 9/1000. The hospitals have the most technologically advanced equipment and highly qualified doctors. To ensure you receive this high standard of health care make sure you are fully covered with international health insurance.

At present, residents must pay for public healthcare, however it is heavily subsidised. Qatar has ambitious plans to adopt a system of health insurance in the future. In the meantime, to reduce the strain on its health service, Qatar is promoting the advance of the private health sector. As expatriates you will have to pay some of your medical costs, making it essential to relocate with worldwide medical insurance.

Healthcare facilities

On entering the country you will have a health check which includes a blood test in order to check for diseases such as HIV, as well as a chest x-ray.

The Ministry of Public Health was replaced by The National Health Authority (NHA) in 2005. The NHA supervises the necessary medical services and delegates them to public health institutions, of which the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the main institution. The majority of the clinics and hospitals are situated in and around Qatar’s capital city, Doha, these centres of medical excellence include but aren’t limited to; Al Amal Hospital, Al Shefa Polyclinic and Al Ahli Hospital.

Private dentistry in Qatar varies massively both in quality and price. There have been complaints from expatriates that some practitioners aren’t sufficiently trained or qualified so make sure you do your research and get recommendations from trusted friends.

In 2002 Qatar’s ambulance service was awarded a serious boost to their numbers, thanks to this ambulances are now available across the nation and their response times to emergency calls are low.

Before you go

The following vaccinations are recommended when travelling to or relocating to Bahrain; Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Terbucolosis, Hepatitis B and Rabies.

Next steps

Get a quote for one of our WorldCare plans for your cover of international health insurance for Qatar. You can access treatment anywhere in the world, buy on the web, get covered instantly and manage your plan through your own personal and secure online area, so it’s quick and convenient.

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