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Basic insurance plan will be same for every expat: Official

Basic insurance plan will be same for every expat: Official

Tribune News Network
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 and the basic plan would be the same for everyone, Advisor to the Minister of Public Health Khaled Al Moghaiseeb has said.
“Within six months, insurance will be required at the time of 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 to ensure 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 health insurance is not a prerequisite for Qatari citizens to access appropriate healthcare services.
The goal of the law is that the Qatari citizens and others find the appropriate treatment in the right place, he added.
“It is the duty of the nation to provide its citizens 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, a citizen does not need to have health insurance to access the appropriate treatment for his health condition.”
By implementing the decision to regulate health care services in the country, he said, a patient would receive the appropriate treatment in the right place. This decision, he continued, would divide the community into health groups. This means the patient in need will be able to quickly access a specialised doctor without having to going through unnecessary steps, he said.