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Shura Council Qatar Approves Draft Law Making Health Insurance Mandatory For Expatriates And Visitors Featured

Draft law will mean foreign nationals need to have private health insurance to receive basic medical services in Qatar.

The Shura Council in Qatar, held Monday its regular weekly meeting via video conference under the chairmanship of HE Speaker Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud, at the Council's headquarters.

At the outset of the meeting, HE the Speaker of the Shura Council extended, on behalf of himself and members of the Shura Council, sincere congratulations to HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan, asking Allah the Almighty to return it to HH the Amir with continued good health and happiness, and to the loyal people of Qatar and its residents with further prosperity and more achievements under the wise leadership of HH the Amir, hoping for the end of the pandemic in Qatar, the Arab and Islamic nations, and the whole world.

At the end of the session, the Council reviewed the supplementary report of the Public Services and Utilities Committee on a draft law on regulating health care services in Qatar.

After extensive discussion of the report, the Council decided to approve the draft law and refer its recommendations in this regard to the esteemed government.

The draft law on health care services in the country has 47 articles and 6 chapters and stipulates the provision of health care services to citizens in government health facilities free of charge.

Under the draft law, the Ministry of Public Health will set standards for the provision of health care services in government and private health facilities as well as compulsory health insurance and supervision. It will also provide an integrated, high-quality, efficient and sustainable health system and work on developing and maintaining compulsory health insurance.

According to the draft law, health insurance is mandatory to ensure the provision of basic health care services to expatriates and visitors to the country. The issuance or renewal of an entry visa for an expatriate or visitor, and granting or renewal of a residence permit, as well as employment of expatriates are only permitted after submitting proof they hold compulsory health insurance for the duration of the stay.

The draft law provides for the provision of health care services to beneficiaries in emergency situations without requiring them to pay any amounts until the danger is overcome even if the service provider is not within the network of health care service providers to the beneficiary, and that this does not prejudice the right of the health care service provider to refer to a company insurance, or the employer or the person, as the case may be, to pay the cost of this service.

The draft law defines the rights and duties of patients that must be observed when receiving health care services and the obligations of the parties to the insurance contract and providers of health care services, as well as the penalties for violators of its provisions.


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