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Qatar Government to Boost Investment in Health Sector

According to  a senior official of the Supreme Council of Health (SCH), the new strategy of the government to boost private investment in the health sector would result in better in the country at competitive prices.

The SCH has entered into a strategic partnership with the private sector to run the new hospitals and health centers that will be established exclusively for expatriate workers.

“The Supreme Council of Health will provide support and guidance to those who are interested in investing in the health sector in the country. The Council has laid down standards and criteria for monitoring the performance of all private providers. With the doors now open to foreign investment, the new government strategy may lead to healthy competition in the sector and consequently lower prices,” said Dr Faleh Mohamed Hussein, assistant general secretary for policies at SCH, in an interview with Al Sharq.

He said the new healthcare facilities targeting expatriate workers will be established in Al Kaaban, Al Rawda, Al Nueim and Umm Salal. The project will take four years to complete.

The SCH will complete its ongoing survey of healthcare services in the government, private, civil and military sectors in the country in the coming six months.

The Medical Council, a new entity that will replace the Medical Licensing Department at the Supreme Council of Health (SCH), is all set to be launched, said Faleh Mohamed.

The Council will be responsible for laying down the rules, regulations and standards for healthcare in the country in the private and public sectors.

In addition, the Council will monitor the performance of all healthcare practitioners as well as facilities in the country and lay down criteria regarding medical degrees and certificates awarded by universities worldwide.

The Council will investigate complaints about medical errors and issue decisions according to international criteria.

The Quality Department of the SCH will be in charge of issuing licenses to healthcare practitioners according to the current regulations after the launch of the Medical Council.

The official said the first phase of the proposed national health insurance scheme would be launched this year and the whole project would be completed in four to five years.

The will be restructured and an online system will be established to ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the new insurance system.

A tender will be issued in the next three months inviting an international firm to provide the online services. The private sector will provide 85 to 95 per cent of insurance services by the end of 2011.

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