Resources to Support Interprofessional Education The resources on this guide will support the teaching and learning of students as well as researchers who have an interest in or participate in interprofessional (IP) learning or teaching activities.
The healthcare system in Qatar
Qatar has a highly developing healthcare system that has been ranked in the world’s top five in terms of quality of care. The system consists of free or subsidized public healthcare, and expats living and working there can apply to access this or choose to be treated privately.
Healthcare in Qatar is overseen by the Ministry of Public Health. Services are provided through two organizations:
The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), which runs 27 regional centers across the country.
The Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), a non-profit organization that runs facilities including 12 public hospitals, community clinics, and the national ambulance service
If you are signed up for public healthcare in Qatar, you can register with a GP and access services including dental care, antenatal care, vaccinations, and emergency treatment. All healthcare providers in Qatar, public and private, have to be registered with the country’s Council for Healthcare Practitioners.
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the main provider of secondary and tertiary healthcare in Qatar and one of the leading hospital providers in the Middle East.
For more than four decades, HMC has been dedicated to delivering the safest, most effective and compassionate care to all its patients.
HMC manages 12 hospitals – nine specialist hospitals and three community hospitals – as well as the National Ambulance Service and home and residential care services.
In January 2016, HMC achieved the significant distinction of becoming the first healthcare system across the globe to have all its hospitals accredited by Joint Commission International under the Academic Medical Center accreditation program. Additionally, the National Ambulance Service, Home Healthcare Service, Stroke Service and Palliative Care, have all received this prestigious accreditation since 2011.
To meet the needs of a rapidly growing population, HMC has announced ambitious plans to expand capacity across its network through to 2030. This expansion plan includes the three newly opened hospitals in Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City comprising Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, Ambulatory Care Center and Women’s Wellness and Research Center. Also, a series of facilities, including Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital (HMGH) in the Industrial Area of Doha and the Simulation Center for Professional Education located within Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City, are nearing completion. Finishing touches are also being made to Hamad General Hospital’s new Trauma and Emergency Department which is scheduled to open in 2019.
The new and enhanced facilities and network of services will support and reinforce HMC’s ongoing efforts to provide the safest, most effective and compassionate care to each and every one of our patients, both now and in the future.
HMC is leading the development of the region’s first academic health system – combining innovative research, top-class education and excellent clinical care – and is committed to building a legacy of healthcare expertise in Qatar. HMC collaborates with key partners who are experts in Qatar and beyond, including Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Partners Healthcare, Boston.
HMC is also the first hospital system in the Middle East to achieve institutional accreditation from the ACGME International LLC, which demonstrates excellence in the way medical graduates are trained through residency, internship and fellowship programs.
The role of Qatar Official e-Government Portal, Hukoomi, is to make government information and services more efficient and effective in order to be accessible to all citizens, residents, visitors and businesses. It also aims at raising awareness on the public programs, events, news and government initiatives, in line with the objectives defined by Qatar e-Government 2020 Strategy.
Through cooperation with the government entities and public service providers, Hukoomi portal allows users to access information and services online, easily and quickly. The portal provides a number of important e-services, as well as official documents, service application forms and general information.
The development of the e-government performance in Qatar, aided by Hukoomi, has contributed positively to delivering exceptional achievements. Qatar ranks fourth worldwide with regard to the government usage of ICT, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2014.
The basic services or social capital of a country, or part of it, which make economic and social activities possible. In terms of public health, they are the formal and enduring structures that support public health, having both tangible and intangible aspects and existing inside and outside the government sector. They may be directly protective of health - as in public sanitation systems - or they may support other activities that protect and enhance health. Health services include all services dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of disease, or the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health. They include personal and non-personal health services. Health Expenditures Includes publicly funded health care by both publicly and privately owned providers. Public funds are state, regional and local Government bodies and social security schemes. Public capital formation on health includes publicly-financed investment in health facilities plus capital transfers to the private sector for hospital construction and equipment and subsidies from government to health care service providers. It includes funds for state employees.
Qatar’s health system has undergone a momentous journey of transformation in recent decades. The growth of investment in new healthcare facilities, services and technologies has transformed the health infrastructure in the country, ensuring that the health needs of the nation’s fast-growing population can be met. The human development pillar of Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030 expresses Qatar’s ambition to develop a healthy population, physically and mentally. It is within the context of progressing closer to QNV 2030 that the National Health Strategy (NHS) 2018-2022 directs the health sector’s next period of growth, as one of eight sector strategies that comprise Qatar’s National Development Strategy (NDS) 2018-2022.
Led by the Ministry of Public Health, the NHS 2018-2022 is an all-encompassing vision for Qatar’s health sector, which sits above all other health strategies to guide the development of the healthcare system.
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Health Strategies and Frameworks
Why we need a Strategy?
Global Shift in Thinking
Population Health Approach
An Integrated System and Model of Care
Turning strategy into action
NHS 2018-2022 Priorities
“Our Health Our Future”
Improved health of Qatar’s population, meeting the needs of existing and future generations; an integrated system that aims to achieve better health, better care, and better value for all.
With Qatar’s population growth predicted to stabilize towards the end of this decade, the need for the rapid infrastructure and capacity growth of recent years is diminished. The next priority for the health system is to align existing services and resources so they best fit the needs of the population.
VISION AND MISSION
Our five-year strategic plan is driven by our strong commitment to PHCC’s Vision, Mission and Values
To be the leader in transforming the health and wellbeing of people’s lives in Qatar.
We will achieve this vision by transforming the way health care is provided in Qatar. To enable this, we will strengthen our engagement with key partners across the health system to shift the balance of care from curative, hospital-based treatment to enhanced preventative, health and wellness services in the community. This will better align health care and resources toward an approach of person-centered, integrated care, with a focus on empowering people to make informed decisions for their health.
To deliver comprehensive, integrated and coordinated person-centered health care services in the community through focusing on disease prevention, healthy lifestyles and wellness. In partnership with our stakeholders, we will improve the health and wellbeing of our population.
Who we are and what we do is captured in our mission. As the preferred primary health care provider in Qatar,
we are focused on providing excellent health care services in our PHCC health centers based in the community, centered on disease prevention, healthy lifestyles and wellness. To enable this, we will continue
to strengthen our partnerships with our key stakeholders to improve the health and wellbeing of people and families.
Emiri decree No.7 was declared in March 2013, which provided for the establishment of the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) as an independent council rather than being a department within the Secretariat of the Ministry of Public Health; and the Sole authority re sponsible for the regulating of all healthcare practitioners working in both governmental and private he althcare sectors in the state of Qatar.
The council functions through three departments, which work solely and in collaboration on improving healthcare quality and ensuring patient safety.
Fitness to Practice Department
Registration & Licensing Department.
To become an internationally recognized body for accreditation and regulatory services for healthcare practitioners.
Our Mission is to ensure that healthcare practitioners are competent and safe to deliver quality healthcare services in Qatar.
Fairness - Principles of fairness and integrity in everything we do.
Respect - Respect for ourselves and those we regulate.
Progressive - Continuous innovation in order to improve and develop our services.
Leading national efforts to realize aspirations of Qatar National Vision 2030 for sustainable development and a decent life for its citizens, supported by an effective development planning system that prepares coherent development strategies, and by a pioneering national statistical system that produces high-quality statistics.
PSA administers the preparation and follow-up of national development strategies, and provides planned technical support to those who implement the strategies. PSA also builds a national statistical system that oversees all statistical processes in the State, and provides statistical technical support to its members. PSA will carry out its mandates through:
Promotion of national and international partnerships.
Investment in workers.
Focus on beneficiaries.
Commitment to quality frameworks.
Keeping up with optimal planning methodologies.
Adoption of institutional development best practices.
PSA is committed to integrity, transparency and accountability in its relationships with stakeholders. PSA is also committed in its work to:
Objectivity in dealing with issues.
Leadership in thought and practice.
Responding to change demands.
Efficiency in resource use.
Cooperation with partners.