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The First Qatar National Health Accounts Report Discussed Healthy Problems

DohaThe () in submitted the first National Health Accounts Report on Saturday. This report shows that Qatar spent last year QR9.53bn on healthcare of which 77.5% was funded by the public sector and 22.5% by the private sector. “Although the total health expenditure increased by only 1.6 percent between 2009 and 2010, the QR9.53bn spent on health was distributed as follows: 26 percent for in-patient, long term, and rehabilitative care services, 27 percent for out-patient and daycare services, 12 percent for ancillary services such as clinical laboratories, 9.5 percent for medical goods dispensed to outpatients, 9 percent for public health and insurance, 15 percent for gross capital formation (investment) in health, and 1.5 percent for all other services” commented on the report Dr Faleh Mohamed Hussain Ali, Assistant Secretary General for Policy Affairs at the SCH.

The Minister of Health, Ahbdulla bin Khalid Al Qahtani commented on the report titled “A baseline analysis of health expenditure and utilization” that the several stakeholders in Qatar‘s healthcare system must cooperate more than that to develop the right policies based on accurate analyses. According to the report “To free resources and enhance efficiency of the healthcare system, the SCH planned a specific reform to gradually transfer the services from the tertiary care providers to the ambulatory providers. Efforts should be made to ensure that this reform is enhanced by a gradual reallocation of funds from the public hospitals to the primary healthcare PHC”.

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