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Cabinet approves the Draft resolution for regulating healthcare services for expats & visitors in Qatar

The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani chaired the regular meeting held by the Cabinet this afternoon at its headquarters in the Amiri Diwan.

In the meeting, the Council of Ministers approved a draft resolution regarding regulating health care services within Qatar.

Qatar’s Government Communications Office (GCO) published the details of the draft resolution on Twitter today.

As per the draft resolution, citizens will receive free-of-charge healthcare services at government health facilities.

Health insurance shall be mandatory to ensure the provision of basic healthcare services to expats and visitors.

The compulsory health insurance system includes the following categories: Non-Qatari workers in the public and private sectors, including manual workers, craftsmen, domestic workers and visitors.

Basic healthcare services include preventive, curative and rehabilitative services, in addition to other services set forth in the Executive Regulations.

Employers and recruiters shall pay the premium to cover the basic services of their employees or recruits. (In addition to basic services, employers and recruiters may also request additional services subject to additional costs.)

Insurance companies must provide employers – or recruiters – with health insurance cards or an equivalent, in addition to offering treatment networks (hospitals and clinics) tailored to them.

Basic healthcare services for visitors include emergency and accident treatment services, as indicated in the Regulations. 

To have former employees removed from the insurance policy, employers and recruiters must follow the procedures in place to notify the insurance company upon the termination of said employment or recruitment contract for any reason.

If an employee or recruit fails to transfer his or her sponsorship under a new employer upon the termination of his or her contract, the insurance coverage may be extended until either the policy or the legally permitted period of residence expires, whichever comes first.

Employer and Recruiter Obligations

The obligation of both the employer and the recruiter towards their employees and recruits begins from the date of their entry into the country or from the date of a worker’s sponsorship transfer under a new employer or recruiter.

Contracting with one of the registered insurance companies to cover all employees and recruits and annually renewing the contract within the prescribed deadlines.

Providing the contracted insurance company with all the data necessary to register all beneficiaries.

Providing healthcare services to all workers and recruits during the period prior to granting or transferring residence.

Source: The Peninsula

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