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Chapter | Health from The Report: Qatar 2017

Since taking its first steps towards establishing a primary health care system and standardised health care services in 1954, Qatar has invested heavily in cultivating a highly developed standard of care for the 2.4m nationals and expatriates who call the country home. Like every country in the region, the state faces economic challenges connected to the drop in international oil and gas...

2017 proved a turbulent year for Qatar, dominated by the diplomatic rift that emerged between the country and several other regional states in June 2017. However, Qatar has adapted quickly, with many in the local business community confident about the future.

Healthy lifestyle promotion will be a key component of Qatar’s new six-year health strategy, as it takes proactive measures to reduce the prevalence of non-communicable diseases and lighten the burden of tertiary care.

 

In the past decade or more, Qatar has started to assert itself in the world of global sports. It has achieved this mainly through its athletics federation and Olympic committee. The government has also made efforts to expand the role of sports and related industries, such as sports medicine, logistics and security, to create more opportunities...

 

The large-scale investments of the past half-decade look set to continue driving Qatar’s health sector in 2016 in the final year of its six-year industry blueprint, National Health Strategy (NHS) 2011-16. With the population rising rapidly and household incomes well above the developed-world average – Qatar’s per capita GDP exceeded $100,000...

 

Skills shortage is a challenge for the medical profession in Qatar. To meet rising demand for health care services, the country needs 150 doctors a year but graduates only five, according to Abdullatif Al Khal, director of medical education at Hamad Medical Corporation, the main health care provider. Foreign help is used to fill this gap, with...