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Access to health care varies across countries, groups and individuals, largely influenced by social and economic conditions as well as the health policies in place. Countries and jurisdictions have different policies and plans in relation to the personal and population-based health care goals within their societies. Health care systems are organizations established to meet the health needs of target populations. Their exact configuration varies from country to country. In some countries and jurisdictions, health care planning is distributed among market participants, whereas in others planning is made more centrally among governments or other coordinating bodies. In all cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), a well-functioning health care system requires a robust financing mechanism; a well-trained and adequately-paid workforce; reliable information on which to base decisions and policies; and well maintained facilities and logistics to deliver quality medicines and technologies.

Healthcare in Qatar is made up of a combination of free treatment at government health facilities, on presentation of a Health Card, and private medical practice, many of which are staffed by English-speaking doctors. Although the government healthcare system is of a high standard, many western expatriates opt for private healthcare, due to the fact that most have some form of private medical insurance.

Qatar’s healthcare system is changing dramatically. The past decade has seen a rapid rise in standards but over the next few years the whole system will be transformed.

The National Health Insurance Company has just announced the start of the first phase of the new compulsory insurance programme. Looked at more broadly, the whole healthcare system will grow quickly measured by budget and the number of facilities, improve in quality, open up to more competition from the private sector and offer patients a host of new or improved services.