Qatar Guide

Health in Qatar

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.

How to Get a Health Card

Once you’ve been issued with your residency permit you can apply for a health card from the Health Card office at any Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) clinic or hospital.

You will need copies of your passport and visa.

You will need passport photos, officially two but it is advisable to take at least four. Tell the photographer what the photos are for so you can ensure you have the correct background colour required.

A fee of QR100 per card per person.

For children you will also need to bring valid birth and vaccination certificates.

The Health Card Office will inform you of where and when to pick up your card.

Renewal and replacement of health cards can be done online.

Full medical treatment is still available without a residence permit or health card but there will not be subsidised fees.

Primary Health Care

Presently primary health care centres in Qatar are divided into three regions, Central, Western and Northern. As well as having access to a General Practitioner (GP) primary health care facilities offer dental, antenatal care, vaccinations, pharmacies, well women’s clinics, audiology screening and laboratory work. There is a patient helpline Hayyak dial 107, that provides listings of what services are available at what clinics and timings. National networks of Walk-In Centres operate across Qatar to treat patients with minor injuries or illnesses.

The centres do not accept cash payments so it is vital to have a debit or credit card along with your health card, or purchase a specific debit card from Qatar National Bank.

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)

Hamad Medical Corporation is the government-run, non profit public healthcare provider in Qatar, responsible for managing eight hospitals, the national Ambulance Service and Home Healthcare Sevice and community clinics responsible for all national Primary health care services.

Hamad General Hospital (HGH)

HGH has both extensive inpatient and outpatient care, with more than 65 speciality clinics, a highly developed Emergency Department with a walk in clinic using a ‘see and treat’ approach to care.

The Trauma Centre established in 2007, is one of the first complete specialist centres outside of the US resulting in a 50% reduction deaths due to traumatic injuries since its inception.

The National Diabetes Centre offers all diabetes related services, including treatment, pharmacy, foot care, dieticians and educators.

Women’s Hospital

The Women’s Hospital is responsible for the majority of births in Qatar, with an average of 44 per day. Newborn screening is offered free for all babies and Qatar is one of only four countries to offer screening for inherited diseases.

A comprehensive immunisation programme covers all vaccines needed in by infants in Qatar up to the age of 6 years.

Rumailah Hospital

Rumailah Hospital provides services to over six different sites in Doha, with both inpatient and outpatient departments. The site accommodates, dentistry, dermatology, plastic surgery, ENT, mental health departements, audiology, facilities for long-term care patients and the National Centre for Cancer Care and Research.

Al Khor Hospital

Al Khor hospital is responsible for providing comprehensive health care to residents in the north of Qatar.

Al Wakra Hospital

Al Wakra Hospital the largest hospital building in Qatar, designed like a circular centrum with building attached like spokes on a wheel, serves the residents in the south of Qatar.

The Cuban Hospital

Situated in the west of Qatar, this public community hospital is serviced by over 450 health professionals provided by Cuba.

Ambulance Service

Qatari residents have access to ground-based paramedic units 24 hours per day, with aeromedical helicopters responding to emergencies outside of Doha. Any patients suffering heart attacks are treated directly at The Heart Hospital bypassing the emergency room procedures. The helicopter pilots are from the Qatar Emiri Air Force.

Blood Donation

The Blood Donor Centre supplies blood to both public and private hospitals. Currently admitting between 80-150 mostly, voluntary donors per day. The whole process takes about an hour.


4439 1081/1082

Open Now

until 6 pm

Sunday - Thursday 7am-10pm Saturday 8am - 8pm last donor accepted 7pm

Private Health Care

The introduction of medical insurance has led the development of private sector health care. These facilities have to adhere to national standards set by the SCH, but are not covered by the health card scheme so private health insurance is a must and you need to check with your insurance provider as to the type of coverage you are entitled to as it can vary considerably.

Currently there are four main private hospitals in Qatar; Al Ahli Hospital, Al Emadi Hospital, Doha Clinic and American Hospital.

Seha is the National Heatlh Insurance Scheme, presently provides mandatory health insurance coverage for all Qatari nationals. For more information check the website.


HMC does offer dental treatment at some of its health clinics as well as its main dentistry department at Rumailah Hospital. There are however numerous private dental surgeries in Qatar.

Veterinary Clinics and Services

The Department for Animal Resources is a government run facility that operates a large veterinary clinic on Al Matar Street, with smaller branches in Al Rayyan and Al Shamal. They offer free vaccinations, neutering and microchipping. For further information call: 4456 0444 / 0435

There are a number of private vets operational throughout Qatar.