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Qatar’s health care sector has come a long way since the country’s first hospital opened in 1957. Today, citizens and residents enjoy state-of-the-art health and medical services from both public and private health care providers.Healthcare and Medical Services

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the premier non-profit health care provider. Established in 1979, it manages five specialized hospitals and 24 primary health care centers. HMC offers the most comprehensive health care in Qatar, covering every area of medicine and wellness from oncology to psychiatry.

Access to public health care services is affordable and efficient with the government-issued Health Card.

A wide selection of private health care clinics has also opened in Qatar. Private practices operate under strict national standards. However, their services are not covered by the Health Card.

Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) is responsible for regulating both public and private health care. Its mandate is to provide the most effective and advanced health care possible, and propel Qatar’s health care system into one of the best in the world. To help fulfill this national goal, the government is dedicating significant resources into upgrading the health infrastructure and promoting healthy living. It believes that quality health care and education are key to building a healthy nation.

Academic Health System (AHS)

The Academic Health System (AHS) was launched in August, 2011. A joint initiative of the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), the AHS is the first attempt anywhere in the world to bring together all of a nation's medical institutions and health care centers working as partners towards realization of a shared vision and strategic plan to develop high-quality patient care and a healthy population through academic excellence and pioneering research.

An agreement to this effect was signed during the event by the HMC and its partners including :

  • Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q)
  • University of Calgary Qatar (UCQ)
  • Primary Health Care (PHC)
  • Qatar University (QU)
  • Sidra Medical and Research Centre
  • College of the North Atlantic Qatar (CNAQ)

They pledged their commitment to promote healthcare partnership in the region by integrating health care agencies, medical education and research.