Unparalleled Expansion of Qatar’s Public Healthcare: Better Access to World-Class Services
Qatar’s public health system has undergone a remarkable expansion programme in recent years – a feat that is unparalleled around the world. Over the past decade, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) have significantly expanded facilities and services, giving citizens and residents of Qatar improved access to world-class care.
Since 2016, Qatar’s public health sector has opened multiple new, state-of-the-art health centres and hospitals across the country, strengthening and expanding primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare services.
HMC has opened eight new hospitals since 2016 – Communicable Disease Center, Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, Ambulatory Care Center, Women’s Wellness and Research Center, Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital, Ras Laffan General Hospital, Mesaieed General Hospital, and Aisha Bint Hamad Al Attiyah Hospital.
PHCC, meanwhile, has opened 13 health centres since 2016 – Rawdat Al Khail, Umm Slal, Al Thumama, Muaither, Al Wajbah, Al Waab, Qatar University, Al Ruwais, South Wakra, Al Mashaf, Umm Al Seneem, Al Sadd and Al Khor health centre, which is a replacement to the old Al Khor health facility.
Unprecedented transformation of public healthcare
According to HMC Chief of Health Facilities Development and Acting Chief of Business Services Hamad Al Khalifa, the transformation of the public sector is unprecedented – increasing capacity and with healthcare teams across Qatar’s healthcare sector and treating more patients.
Khalifa said that in the past decade, Qatar’s population has expanded significantly, increasing the demand for all healthcare services. To meet this and future demand, HMC opened four new community hospitals and four specialist hospitals – giving residents greater access to high-quality, specialised care when and where they need it.
PHCC Managing Director Dr Mariam Abdulmalik said that health centres are often the first point of care for many in the community.
The 13 new health centres we have opened across the country in recent years ensure that the community has access to the best care possible as well as integrated health services at the right time and place.
Dr Abdulmalik said that while they are focusing on building new facilities, they are also working on upgrading and developing several existing health centres to ensure they continue to deliver the highest quality care to all patients.
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