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Qatar’s healthcare services accessible and affordable, says HMC consultant

Qatar’s healthcare services accessible and affordable, says HMC consultant

CATHERINE W GICHUKI
DOHA
QATAR’S healthcare services are affordable and easily accessible to the entire population regardless of the area they live in or their social status in the community, says Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Consultant of Internal Medicine Dr Rania Mohamed El Hassan El Tahir.
“The healthcare services are easy to access for each individual in the community, and are still expanding. We have new health centres opening every few months in different areas of Qatar. The Emergency Department treats hundreds of patients offering all kinds of diagnostic tests and consultation for free. And if at all they are required to pay, the amount is minimal as long as they have a valid health card.”
According to her, even those who do not have health cards are helped by social services and management coordinators.“They arrange issuance of health cards to them”, Dr Tahir said, adding that that a majority of such patients are labourers.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) celebrated this year’s World Health Day (WHD) on April 7 under the theme ‘Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere’.
According to Dr Tahir, Qatar implemented universal healthcare for the entire population years back. “For a universal healthcare coverage everything should be affordable and easy to access starting from preventative services, treatment, diagnostic tests and rehabilitation and this was implemented in Qatar years back”, she remarked.
Dr Tahir said that HMC’s Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital was opened in order to reach patients residing in Industrial Area. “Since the hospital’s opening last year, it has been receiving a large number of patients everyday. We also refer patients from Doha to the hospital. We make sure that the patients get the services near their accommodations.”
According to her, they use several media channels such as newspapers and radio to inform people about the opening of new health facilities or launch of new services in Qatar.
She said that the medical departments of companies avail the facilities for their workers.
Dr Tahir further said that making healthcare services accessible is important as it eases burden on an individual and helps keep him/her healthy and productive.
“If one is sick and misses work for a few days it will be difficult for him to support his family. So, health is one of the basic needs of a human being.”
Meanwhile, HMC distributed educational materials to healthcare workers at HMC on the occasion of World Health Day.

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