Healthcare Scenario of Qatar

Healthcare Scenario of Qatar

Are you planning to build or restructure or venture in any healthcare venture in Qatar? Looking for information about the major healthcare players in Government, Private diagnostic centers that are available in Qatar? Are you looking to find out which part of the of the city’s is best to venture in or what all facilities are available and what all should be planned for new setup? In this article Hospaccx Healthcare Consultancy has mapped all on major players in terms of medical facilities and healthcare scenario in Qatar.

Qatar, officially The State of Qatar, is a sovereign country located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Much of the country is desert. The government system is an emirate; the chief of state is the amir or sheikh, and the head of government is the prime minister. Qatar is a member of the League of Arab States (Arab League) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. An arm of the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island country of Bahrain. Qatar is classified by the UN as a country of very high human development and is widely regarded as the most advanced Arab state for human development.

Demography Statistics

The Rural-Urban Dichotomy

Fig.1: In Qatar, 92.0 % of the population is urban & only 8% population resides in Rural areas.

 

Economy

In 2012, Qatar retained its title of richest country in the world (according to per capita income) for the third time in a row. Qatar is a high-income economy, backed by the world’s third-largest natural-gas reserves and oil reserves. (Qatar has proven oil reserves of 15 billion barrels and gas fields that account for more than 13% of the global resource.) The country has the highest per capita income in the world. With no income tax, Qatar (along with Bahrain) is one of the countries with the lowest tax rates in the world. The unemployment rate in June 2013 was 0.1%. Corporate law mandates that Qatari nationals must hold 51% of any venture in the Emirate. It relies heavily on foreign labor to grow its economy, to the extent that migrant workers compose 86% of the population and 94% of the workforce. The economic growth of Qatar has been almost exclusively based on its petroleum and natural gas industries, which began in 1940. Qatar is the leading exporter of liquefied natural gas.

Connectivity

By Air: Hamad International Airport is the international airport of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. Qatar is well connected to all the major Metro cities of India.

By Sea: the distance between Port of Mumbai, India to Port of Doha, Qatar is 1522 nautical miles & the journey takes 6-7 days.

Major Corporates in Qatar

Growth Plan of Qatar

Qatar National Vision 2030 is a development plan launched in October 2008 by the General Secretariat for Development Planning in the State of Qatar. The aim of QNV 2030 is to “transform Qatar into an advanced society capable of achieving sustainable development” by 2030. The plan’s development goals are divided into four central pillars: economic, social, human and environmental development. The government seeks to meet development goals by developing a strong bureaucratic framework and implementing strategies to address the challenges presented in human development reports.

‘Qatarization’ is a governmental initiative devised to increase the number of Qatari citizens employed in public and private sectors. The target set by the government is 50% of the workforce in the Industry and Energy sector. Qatarization is crucial to the human development pillar as it contributes towards the employment of Qatari citizens, one of the pillar’s primary goals. As a result, the government has sought to expedite its implementation since launching QNV 2030.

The Healthcare Scenario

Healthcare standards in Qatar are generally high. Qatari citizens are covered by a national health insurance scheme, while expatriates must either receive health insurance from their employers, or in the case of the self-employed, purchase insurance. Qatar’s healthcare spending is among the highest in the Middle East, with $4.7 billion being invested in healthcare in 2014. The premier healthcare provider in the country is the Hamad Medical Corporation, established by the government as a non-profit healthcare provider, which runs a network of hospitals, an ambulance services, and a home healthcare service, all of which are accredited by the JCI.

Some Important Health Statistics 

Proportional Mortality in Qatar

As of 2015 life expectancy at birth was 77 years for males and 80 for females, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Infectious diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis are virtually non-existent. As for adult risk factors, as of 2014 some 19.8% of the population had diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation, while WHO data shows that 42.3% were obese. A 2013 survey by the WHO and state authorities showed tobacco use at 12.1% among adults.

Fig.2: NCDs (CVD, Diabetes, CRD, Cancers) are estimated to account for 69% of total deaths followed by 23% of deaths by Injuries & 8% by Communicable, Maternal, Perinatal & Nutritional conditions.

The Public Healthcare System

The Ministry of Health is the statutory health authority in the country. It is responsible for the oversight of health system development. The organization of health care is divided among the Ministry of Health and the Hamad Medical Corporation with the understanding that the Ministry of Health’s role is mainly normative, regulatory, and in policy-setting and coordination.

Health services are currently structured as follows:

  • Primary health care centres. Primary health care level through which basic curative and preventive health care is offered at 21 health centres.
  • Specialized clinics in some health centres. Specialist care, such as diabetic care, is provided to those referred from primary health care centres.
  • Specialized and teaching hospitals. Care is provided to those referred from specialized clinics to Hamad Medical Corporation.

The Private Healthcare System

With regard to the Private Sector health services, there is a growing number of private clinics and practitioners in Qatar. With a growing population and increasing costs, the Ministry of Public Health expects the private sector to lift some of the burden off its shoulders. So, it is the intention of the top health ministry officials to encourage the private sector facilities. In the private sector, there are close to 131 dental clinics, 128 medical clinics and 23 polyclinics that offer consultancy in different specialties.

Fig.3: HMC accounts for 75% of inpatient and 27% of outpatient care while Private hospitals & Clinics share about 25% of inpatients & 73% of outpatients.

Number of Healthcare Personnel in Qatar

The public health sector employed 30,303 professionals as of end-2014 according to the latest available data from the MoPH. The private sector employs some 1150 doctors who work across 166 clinics and medical complexes, 131 dental clinics and four general hospitals (Al Emadi, Al Ahli, Doha Clinic Hospital and American Hospital), according to the Public Works Authority (Ashghal).

In all, for every 10,000 people in the country there are 77.4 doctors, 118.7 nurses and midwives, and 0.3 psychiatrists, according to the WHO’s “World Health Statistics 2015. WHO statistics for 2013 show that the number of hospital beds per 10,000 was about 12, while the number of dentists was 5.8 per 10,000 people.

Major Public Hospitals in Qatar

Hamad General Hospital, HMC – 603 Beds

Established in 1982, this hospital provides expert inpatient care, a large Outpatient Department providing more than 65 specialty clinics, a highly developed Emergency Department, 5 intensive care units, 8 operating theaters, a large pharmacy & modern diagnostic facility.

Women’s Wellness & Research Centre, HMC – 343 Beds

The new hospital is part of Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City – a purpose-built campus providing a range of specialized healthcare services in the heart of Doha. This hospital is dedicated to Gynaec & Obs. Patients & also equipped with emergency care & IVF facilities.

Rumailah Hospital – 659 Beds

It is a multi-specialty hospital that provides medical, surgical and long-term care to the population of Qatar. The hospital operates across seven different sites, with 605 beds and a multi-national workforce of 2,848 employees. This hospital also provides rehabilitation services to both Children & adults.

Al Wakra Hospital – 325 Beds

This hospital is opened in 2012 to serve the rapidly growing towns of Al Wakra and Mesaieed as a general hospital. The hospital has capacity for 325 beds; 248 of which are for general and acute patients and 77 are reserved for critical care, high dependency and burns patients. There are also an additional 77 observation/day beds. Around 30 percent of beds are in single occupancy rooms, all of which have an en suite bathroom.

Heart Hospital, HMC – 115 Beds

It is the specialist hospital in Qatar for cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery patients. It is made up of a state-of-the-art 20 bed coronary care unit, an equally impressive 12 bed cardiothoracic intensive care unit (ICU), a 24-bed surgical high-dependency unit (HDU) and a 60-bed ward.

National Center for Cancer Care & Research – 76 Beds

It is the specialist hospital in Qatar for Cancer care & Palliative care for cancer patients. Recently they also opened Breast Cancer wing in 2017.

Major Private Hospitals in Qatar

Al Ahli Hospital – 250 Beds

Established in 2004, it is a private general hospital that would provide five-star healthcare services in a relaxing environment. It is a tertiary care hospital providing treatment in all core specialties. The hospital is also equipped with ICU, CCU & NICU.

Turkish Hospital, Qatar – 100 Beds

Established in 2017, the hospital has more than 20 outpatient clinics with different specialties. The Turkish Hospital has five operating theatres, 14 beds in the Intensive Care Unit, two delivery rooms, angiography and radiology units, laboratories and a pharmacy.

Doha Clinic Hospital – 80 Beds

Established on 3rd June, this is a multi-specialty private medical center. This Hospital is the first fully-integrated private hospital to open in Qatar and offers first-class medical care.

Al-Emadi Hospital

This is a multi-specialty hospital with all core specialties working 24 x 7. The hospital has 4 major operation rooms and Intensive care units, offering the maximum level of sterilization service.

KIMS Qatar Medical Centre (KQMC)

It is the first private venture in Wakra area which began its operations in 2009. KQMC is a multi-specialty outpatient centre with diagnostic facilities and a pharmacy.

Major Diagnostic Centers

Gulf Laboratory & Radiology, Doha

Micro Health Laboratories, Doha

Naseem Al Rabeeh Medical Centre, Doha

Kayyali Medical Center, Doha

Medicare Solutions, Doha

Conclusion

Qatar has a very developed Public Healthcare system with all the hospitals equipped with world class facilities but the public system alone cannot withstand the demand of continuously increasing population. So, the ministry of health itself is encouraging private hospitals with favorable policies to come up & serve. The growing industry of tourism is also providing new opportunities to the upcoming private hospitals.

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