Qatar’s private sector offers a full and extensive range of medical services. Foreigners are allowed 100% investment in Qatar’s health sector. The introduction of medical insurance has led to considerable development in the private healthcare sector.

There are currently four main private hospitals in Qatar: Al Ahli Hospital, Al Emadi Hospital, American Hospital Doha, and Doha Clinic Hospital. With the exception of American Hospital Doha, all offer Medical Commission services and premarital screening.

Sidra Medical and Research Center

Sidra Medical and Research Center is a state-of-the-art academic medical centre in Qatar Foundation. It will be an ultramodern, all-digital centre designed to meet the highest international standards in health sciences, addressing three missions: world-class patient care; medical education; and biomedical research.

Sidra will feature five Centers of Excellence, each of which focuses on delivering world-class care in a key aspect of children’s and women’s health: cardiovascular health; neonatology (the care of newborn infants); foetal therapy and intervention; reproductive medicine and in vitro fertilisation (IVF); and genetics and genomic medicine.

Sidra will work closely with partners Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) and Hamad Medical Corporation, to raise the standard of healthcare throughout the country and provide opportunities for research and learning.

As a speciality centre for women and children, Sidra will provide care in obstetrics/gynaecology and comprehensive paediatric services. Sidra is also planning to bring to Qatar pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (embryo screening) to help identify genetic defects in embryos.

Sidra has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BGI-Health Asia Pacific to bring genetic sequencing and population studies to the MENA region. The Institute will use advanced molecular genetics equipment as well as the latest technologies for clinical testing.

A Memorandum of Understanding has also been signed between Sidra and Aspetar, Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, regarding establishing a partnership between the two organisations. The agreement will encompass collaboration in the provision of healthcare services for treating paediatric sports related injuries.

New Developments

Healthcare facilities will be greatly expanded in the next few years, as several major projects will be finalised.

The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has awarded contracts worth QAR1.077 billion for new projects in the healthcare sector, including a 500-bed annex to Al Khor Hospital (AKH), and the design and construction supervision of five new health centres in Al Mashaf, Al Wakra, Ain Khaled, Al Shamal and Al Khor.

The new facilities include a QAR208 million simulation centre at Hamad Medical City. The design contract for AKH annex has been awarded for QAR222.6 million; work is to be completed in Q2 2017. Other proposed projects comprise an annex at the emergency section of the Hamad General Hospital (HGH) and design and construction supervision of the National Health Laboratory at Mesaimeer.

Ashghal also has plans for a surgery hospital in the Al Sadd area. The project includes operation theatres, units for trauma, post anaesthesia and intensive care, and an interventional imaging department. It also includes a helipad connected to the operation theatres and intensive care units.

Twenty new health centres will be built across the country to meet the growing demand for healthcare services, to be completed by 2019. The new health centres will be larger in size and provide a wider range of medical services to promote a productive healthy society in which self-care and community awareness are a priority.

The new Operating Theater Block at HGH will significantly expand capacity by nearly doubling the current number of operating rooms. The facility will provide 16 new theatres, four new specialist theatres, 16 operating beds, 41 post-anaesthesia care unit beds and 35 intensive care unit beds. The new facility will have the latest modular theatres that can be used flexibly and will allow the hospital to perform many more operations across a broad range of specialities.

A new system is to be introduced at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) to receive and respond to complaints. Of the 483 complaints received last year, 386 were resolved and 64 are under investigation. In 33 cases, the complainants did not find the solutions satisfactory. A new application, ‘How do you see your visit’, has already been implemented at the National Center for Cancer Care and Research, and will be expanded to all HMC hospitals.

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