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Qatar’s compulsory health insurance apply to non-Qatari workers in public and private sectors: GCO

  • May 18, 2022
  • Author: QT-Online
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Non-Qatari workers in the public and private sectors, including manual workers, craftsmen, and domestic workers, as well as visitors are included in Qatar’s compulsory health insurance system, the Government Communications Office has said. 
The GCO explanation comes after Qatar's Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to a draft decision of the Minister of Public Health regarding healthcare services in Qatar.
The draft regulation included, among other things, provisions related to the rights and obligations of the beneficiary of health care services, the obligations of the insurance company and health care service providers, and the supervision and control of health care services.

Here is what the GCO says about the resolution:

*Citizens receive free-of-charge healthcare services at government health facilities. 

*Health insurance shall be mandatory to ensure the provision of basic healthcare services to expats and visitors. 

* The compulsory health insurance system includes the following categories: Non-Qatari workers in the public and private sectors, including manual workers, craftsmen, domestic workers and visitors. 

* Basic healthcare services include preventive, curative and rehabilitative services, in addition to other services set forth in the Executive Regulations. 

*Employers and recruiters shall pay the premium to cover the basic services of their employees or recruits. In addition to basic services, employers and recruiters may also request additional services subject to additional costs. 

*Insurance companies must provide employers - or recruiters - with health insurance cards or an equivalent, in addition to offering treatment networks (hospitals and clinics) tailored to them. 

* Basic healthcare services for visitors include emergency and accident treatment services, as indicated in the Regulations. 

* To have former employees removed from the insurance policy, employers and recruiters must follow the procedures in place to notify the insurance company upon the termination of said employment or recruitment contract for any reason. 

* If an employee or recruit fails to transfer his or her sponsorship under a new employer upon the termination of his or her contract, the insurance coverage may be extended until either the policy or the legally permitted period of residence expires, whichever comes first.