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Basic health insurance plan to be same for every expatriate, says MOPH official

  • Oct 20, 2021
  • Author: QT-Online
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Doha
Expatriates will be required to apply for health insurance in the next six months with the implementation of the Law No. 22 of 2021, a top health official has said.
Every expatriate working in Qatar would be required to cover his or her family members, Advisor to the Minister of Public Health Khaled Al Moghaiseeb has said. 
“Within six months, insurance … will be required when renewing the residence permit for residents or upon entering the country in the case of visitors,” Moghaiseeb told Qatar TV on Wednesday.
He said health insurance is one of the sources of funding for health services, and it would be rolled out in accordance with a partnership between the public and private sectors.
This project has been developed so that the citizens get the health service in the fastest time, and at the same time the rest of the groups get healthcare through public-private partnership, he added.
“The target groups of health insurance are all expatriates, whether they are domestic workers, professional workers or employees,” Moghaiseeb said.
Hamad General Hospital’s Medical Director Dr Yousuf Al Maslamani said a citizen does not need to have health insurance to access the appropriate treatment for his illness. The goal of the law is that the Qatari citizens and others find the appropriate treatment in the right place, and for the Qatari citizen, it is the duty of the state to provide him with the appropriate treatment in the right place, and therefore all types of health care will be provided to the citizen in primary, secondary and specialized health services Therefore, the citizen does not need to have health insurance to access the appropriate treatment for his condition
By implementing the decision to regulate health care services within the country, the patient will receive the appropriate treatment in the right place, and this decision will divide the community into health groups. This means that the patient will quickly reach a specialised doctor who is able to treat his disease without going through other steps.