Index / Health
Qatar has a strong welfare state, and has finally managed to build a full set of institutions with the highest standards, despite the late start. The first full scale hospital opened as late as 1959, with 170 beds.
Today, Qatar ranks as second best in health statistics among the MENA countries, second only to Israel. Still, there is a combination of factors indicating challenges. Overweight is a problem and life expectancy is more than 4 years less than Jordan. In this respect, Qatar comes out last of all Arabic gulf states, and number 9 in MENA.
Qatari health care is administered not by a ministry, but a company, the Hamad Mecial Corporation. Qatari residents, citizens as well as expatriates, receive free health care in some cases, subsidized in other. Until 1999, all services were free, since then health cards at reasonable costs have been introduced.
Today, there is at least one hospital in every Qatari city and town. As of 2008, all have access to local health services, and all births are attended by skilled personnel.
In recent years, there has been some establishment of private hospitals.
Health conditions and diseases
Diseases like tuberculosis and malaria represent health problems in Qatar, but all cases of malaria are imported. Qatar suffers from high rates of disability and deaths from road traffic injuries.
As of 2008, between 95 and 98% of all children under 1 year receive immunization.
Good access to clean water and sanitation is today available to 100% of the population.