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Health Insurance Stage 1 rolls out on July 17; only Qatari females covered

Health Insurance Stage 1 rolls out on July 17; only Qatari females covered

The Stage 1 of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) will begin this Wednesday, July 17, 2013 and will run till the first quarter of 2014, National Health Insurance Company (NHIC) has announced in a press statement.

The first stage covers Qatari females from age 12 for maternity, obstetrics, gynaecology and related healthcare services.

The initial provider network for Stage 1 of the scheme includes the HMC Women’s Hospital and three private hospitals – Al Emadi Hospital, Doha Clinic Hospital, and Al-Ahli Hospital. Other public hospitals such as Al Khor Hospital, Al Wakra Hospital, and the Cuban Hospital will provide regular services covered under the scheme until they become part of the provider network. Other medical institutions are expected to join the network in the coming weeks.

“This is a historic day as the first stage of the long-awaited mandatory health insurance scheme starts operations,” said HE Abdulla Al Qahtani, Minister for Public Health and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Health. “It took time to ensure that we have a robust and effective scheme that answers the specific needs of Qatar but it will be well worth the wait as the scheme rolls out. It is a great pleasure and honour for me to see the launch of this crucial project for our nation.”

How does this work?
  • All Qatari females from age 12 onwards are automatically enrolled and do not need to register separately for the scheme.
  • They need to make an appointment directly with one of the hospitals in the network and present their QID card at the hospital’s registration or reception counter on the day of their appointment.
  • Qatari nationals do not have to make any payments to the provider for services covered within the scheme. All costs will be incurred by the government.
What happens next?

The NHIS is being launched in five stages. Though Stage 1 begins with Qatari females alone, by Stage 5 everyone living in Qatar, both nationals and expatriates (including white-collar non-nationals, visitors and blue-collar expatriates) will be covered under the scheme.

Stage Period Which groups are covered? Which services are covered? Which providers are in the network?
1 July 2013 Qatari women from age 12+ Maternity, obstetrics,gynecology and related healthcare issues. HMC Women’sHospital, Al Emadi Hospital, Al Ahli Hospital and Doha Clinic Hospital. More to be added soon.
2 Q1 2014 All Qatari nationals All services Select HMC andprivate providers
3 Q3 2014 All Qatari nationals All services Select HMC and expanded private providers
4 Q1 2015 All Qatari nationals, white-collar non-nationals and visitors All services Select HMC and expanded private providers
5 TBD 2015 All Qatari nationals, white-collar and blue –collar non-nationals and visitors All services Select HMC and expanded private providers + three designated purpose built single male labourers’ hospitals.

 

For more information, visit the Supreme Council of Health’s (SCH) website or call 40208444. There are NHIC booths put up at hospitals that are part of the provider network as well as at the SCH.

(Pic courtesy: Al Emadi Hospital website)

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