- Doha Hospital
- Al Emadi Hospital
- Al Amal Hospital
- Hamad Hospital
- Shafallah (Rumah sakit khusus)
- Qatar National Cancer Society
For non-emergency treatment your first visit should be to a clinic. (A visit to the clinic is also like a microcosm of Qatar society – watch the local nurses swan around chatting and attending to their nails while Indian and Filipino nurses do all the work). Which clinic you visit will depend on where you live. The clinic will refer to you the hospital for further treatment if necessary.
Charges (subject to change)
A single visit to the clinic costs QR 30/$8. Alternatively, buy a health card for QR100/$25 (see below) which covers you for a year. Consultations and treatment (non-emergency) in the hospital often cost extra. Medicine is also heavily subsidised. For example, I recently purchased a course of antibiotics from a government pharmacy for five riyals (1.5 U.S. dollars). Expect to pay a lot more if you go private. As mentioned above, the current system is due to be revamped and replaced with a system of health insurance
Obtaining A Health Card
You can obtain a health card at a health card office – located either in your clinic or at Rumeilla Hospital. To obtain a health card at a health card office you will need photocopies of your passport and visa or your ID, two photographs (4cm x 3cm), the appropriate fee, your hospital appointment and health centre card and the completed application form. The application form is written in both Arabic and English and can be completed in either language. It doesn’t have to be typed.
You will be given a number which you can use while you are waiting for your card. Your health card should be available within two weeks.
You can apply or renew your health card at the Qatar general post office – details are on their website here. Applying for a renewal is rather simple, and all you need is your old health card and one hundred riyals.
Health cards can also be renewed online on Qatar E-government.