Health Care
  • Qatar's healthcare sector has come a long way since the country's first hospital opened its doors almost 50 years ago. Today, the industry boasts the most advanced medical equipment and highly qualified staff, a countrywide network of hospitals and healthcare centers, as well as a cardiology department that is referred to by outside specialists as "one of the best in the world". And according to a
    Health Care
  • report from the general secretariat of the GCC ministers of health, Qatar enjoys the region's lowest maternal mortality rate.
  • Back in October 1957, Rumaillah Hospital opened as a 200-bed general hospital with ambulance services and a large outpatient facility. With the years, as the population's medical needs grew, the country decided that something had to be done and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) was born to provide state-of the-art diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
  • Since its establishment in October 1979, HMC has become Qatar's leading non-profit healthcare provider through its network of Primary Health Care Centers and four highly specialized hospitals in the capital, Doha.
  • At these HMC facilities, medical and dental treatment is free for Qatari's and heavily state-subsidized for expatriates. Touse the facilities, residents and visitors are required to apply for a QR100 health card, which allows them to pay small charges for various tests and consultations as well as a nominal fee for inpatient care.
  • Besides HMC, the Qatari government has also encouraged the private sector to play a greater role in providing healthcare to the public. The country's first private hospital opened in late 1999, and private practices and clinics (both medical and dental) now offer a full range of medical services, from rheumatology and dermatology to reflexology and home nursing care. Laws governing private practice are strict, and licensing by the Ministry of Public Health - which oversees all health services in the country - is mandatory for all establishments and each of their medical and nursing staff.
    Not with standing that, private medical service facilities have expanded to represent 67% of al the country's health services providers, helping to ease the burden on HMC and the Primary Health Care Centers.
  • Preventive Health Care Services
  • The Preventive Health Department is responsible for fighting contagious diseases, carrying out vaccination, immunization, and food and quarantine watch control at the airport and seaports, providing health education in the field of mother and child care and insuring environmental health and safety. Immunization against Hepatitis B was carried out in the context of the nation-wide immunization campaigns against contagious diseases. A Childhood Diseases Immunization system was entirely applied. A Pre-school immunization program was adopted as a regular practice. Efforts continue to virtually irradiate polio and measles, and Qatar was one of the first countries to have added anti-influenza vaccine B to their newborns comprehensive immunization programs.
  • Primary Health Care
  • Primary health care aims to realize social development by adopting health programs that help citizens to become productive elements in society. The programs implemented by the Primary Health care include health awareness, maternity and childhood health care, immunization against childhood diseases, diagnosing and treating chronic diseases, providing medicinal drugs, healthy food and clean water and ambulance and medical emergency services.
  • Medical services at the health centers have been developed in order to support the role of primary health care. Three extensions were added to the most densely frequented health centers to cater for X-ray, maternity and childhood, healthy woman clinics and early diagnosis of cancer. new clinics including X-ray, eye, mother and child care, heart and ENT have been added to Almuntazah health center at the cost of QR 1.3 million. The X-ray unit at Madinat Khalifa health Center has been opened. Some clinics were opened outside Doha as well, including eye, ENT, and minor injuries sections at Al-Wakra, Al-Khor, Al-Shamal and AI-Shahaniya health centers. Currently a new health center is under construction at Al-Matar AI-Qadim area.
  • Health Commission Services
  • The Health Commission Department carries out medical checks on everybody arriving in the country for work or on a visit, and issues health certificates for such categories as those who are about to get married and who are applying for jobs, universities or popular houses. The services of this department have improved considerably. Evening work hours have been extended and health commission services for Qatari's have been transferred to the health centers to expedite work on their behalf.
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