In January 2016 the Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani disbanded the Supreme Council of Health and reverted their responsibilities to the Ministry of Public Health.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) will continue to oversee the nation’s health services, with policies, goals and objectives to achieve that vision, and monitoring and evaluation of its progress and the quality and effectiveness of health service providers. The ‘Caring for the Future’ programme encourages healthy lifestyles, provides community‑based primary care, and ensures that the world’s most advanced, highest quality care is available locally in secondary and tertiary medical facilities.
One of the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030, ‘Human Development’, represents Qatar’s ambition to develop a physically and mentally healthy population. The first phase was the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2011–2016, and the National Health Strategy (NHS) 2011–2016. These developments will be built on under NDS 2017–2022 and NHS 2018–2022.
All private hospitals in Qatar must be accredited by an internationally‑recognised body. A list of licensed practitioners and pharmacies is on the Ministry website. Facilities must also have surveillance cameras and a security system.
MoPH is responsible for the issuance of birth and death certificates.
Ministry of Public Health departments
• Medical Commission: Examines and issues medical certificates to:
º Prospective and current employees.
º Non-Qataris arriving to work, reside or visit family in the country.
º Applicants for Qatari citizenship.
º Non-Qatari men who wish to marry Qatari women.
º Students prior to attending or joining university or obtaining a scholarship.
º Applicants for special categories (eg pilgrimage contractors, citizens marrying outside Qatar).
Most medical check-up procedures are conducted at the Medical Commission (MC) on Industrial Area Road near Abu Hamour. The unit handles 1,500 new arrivals in Qatar each day. There are four sections: one for expatriates taking up jobs in senior positions; one for families; one for domestic workers; and one for labourers. There is an electronic registration service for companies and corporations with over 15 employees. They must register their workers’ data online for tests and make electronic payments through Hukoomi, gov.qa
• Public Health: Oversees food safety and environmental health, health promotion and
non-communicable diseases, and the registration of births and deaths. The Port Health and Food Control section monitors all types of food that enter Qatar, as well as the vegetable and meat markets. It also carries out quarantine and veterinary services, and hygiene of the streets and vaccinations.
• Pharmacy and Drug Control: Controls the use of narcotics and herbal/dietary supplements. Is responsible for the registration of drug companies and agents, inspects pharmacies, and schedules pharmacy working hours.
• Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety: Monitors healthcare quality, and provides information, education and support to all health sectors. Also responsible for healthcare facilities accreditation.
• Medical Licensing Department: Maintains a register of licensed health practitioners and health facilities in Qatar. The department licenses physicians, nurses, dentists and pharmacists, as well as psychologists, opticians, chiropractors, audiologists, paramedics, podiatrists, speech therapists, midwives, physiotherapists, dieticians, dental hygienists, and medical technicians.
• Medical Relations and Treatment Abroad: Responsible for organsing the process of medical treatment abroad.
• Health Financing and Insurance: Develops health financing and insurance systems that support the wider goals of the healthcare landscape and the National Health Strategy.
• E‑Health and IT: Delivers health services using the latest information technologies. Projects include the Qatar National Health Card and the Shared Imaging Strategy to analyse diagnostic image use in Qatar.
• Health Planning and Assessment: Develops policies and plans that support the development and implementation of a comprehensive, client-centered, integrated, accountable and accessible healthcare system that meets the needs of a growing and changing population.
• Research: Establishes national health priorities and encourages new strategies. Undertakes biomedical research ensuring the protection and safety of human subjects, and the humane care and use of laboratory animals. moph.gov.qa