According to the World Health Organization, Qatar is spending more money per capita on healthcare than any other country in the Middle East and is free, or heavily subsidised, to nationals, expats and visitors alike. This has resulted in comprehensive primary healthcare and specialist, as well as general hospitals in both the public and private sector. All healthcare in Qatar is monitored and evaluated by the Supreme Council of Health (SCH), and all private hospitals must be accredited by an internationally recognised body. The SCH website lists all licensed practitioners and pharmacies.
Most expats’ first encounter with the SCH will be with the Medical Commission (MC) which is responsible for medical certificates required by all prospective employees and their families, and university students on arriving in Qatar. The MC based in the Industrial Area, near Abu Hamour handles up to 1,500 new arrivals per day.
The MC is divided into four units for different categories of expats; those taking up jobs in more senior positions, families, domestic workers and labourers.
Public healthcare in Qatar free to Qatari nationals and subsidized for expats, but it is essential to have a government issued health card in order to ensure only nominal fees for treatment.