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The Number of Private Healthcare Facilities Increases in Qatar

According to Dr Jamal Rashid Al Khanji, director of the Medical Licensing Department () at SCH, is witnessing a rapid increase in the number of facilities and practitioners. A total number of 91 new facilities were established in the country only last year. The number of licensed healthcare practitioners in the country has gone up by 30% in the same period.

The new facilities include 6 polyclinics, 11 dental clinics, 13 pharmacies, 20 First Aid units and 7 private clinics attributed to companies, 5 optic centers, 3 specialized dental clinics, 3 specialized dermatology clinics, 1 ENT clinic and 2 plastic surgery solo clinics.

Al Khanji mentioned that two new private hospitals have been granted licenses and are predicted to be constructed this year. Currently, licensing procedures for another 3 hospitals are underway. In addition, he reported “A number of new applications are pending with MLD. We have already completed the procedures for issuing licenses to many new practitioners and facilities” The official mentioned that the MLD was all set to enter an online licensing system that would simplify and speed up the licensing procedures.

Al Khanji explained that “This will be one of the best online systems in the world being introduced with the support of Microsoft. It will be available for the public very soon” Moreover, the system will aid in permitting health professionals besides companies to adopt for a license online, pay the fees, submit the documents and complete other formalities.

He also reported “They can do it even from abroad. They can also check the status of their applications online”. The official said that “Currently, it would take about 35 working days to complete the licensing procedures and another 20 days for issuing a license. This is an internationally accepted time period. The online system will make the procedures even faster and help the applicants avoid all the hassles involved in the manual system”.

The MLD after a preliminary verification of their credentials would emanate temporary licenses to some “low risk groups” but on condition that they will not deal with the patients directly. They will be capable to practice their profession in full swing once the detailed verification is finished.

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