This chapter includes the following articles.
Qatar’s health care sector has emerged as the highest-ranked system in the MENA region, according to the Legatum Prosperity Index 2018. The past 10 years have seen particularly quick improvement with Qatar rising from 27th place in 2008 to fifth in 2018 out of 148 countries in terms of its health care. This has been attributed to increased investment in new facilities, services and technologies to meet the demands of the growing population. To further its progress, Qatar has launched the second phase of its ambitious National Health Strategy. The plan will focus on preventive health care in hopes of addressing the rising prevalence of non-communicable diseases. Meanwhile, ongoing efforts to develop the private care sector have seen Qatar loosen regulations of foreign investment. This chapter contains an interview with Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health.