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Qatar health care / insurance

Old Aug 2nd 2018, 2:16 pm
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My family all have their flights booked to come to Qatar.

We will obviously receive the Hamad medical card.

Is additional private medical insurance recommended/advised? My son has braces so will definitely need dental treatments; my wife has had a hip replaced but shouldn't need anything. My daughter (12) is an injury waiting to happen

Any opinions please?
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Old Aug 3rd 2018, 6:13 am
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Employer should be providing you with private health insurance, no? I have Bupa courtesy of my employer.

The Hamad card is fine, from what I can tell. It allows you to use local health centres for your basic needs. Even basic dental needs. I don't think it'll cover braces and that will be out of your pocket but the same is true with most private health insurance plans.

The advantage of private health insurance is that you avoid the queues at Hamad and the waiting periods for appointments and all that. I have a Hamad card too, but because I'm a single male I'm a "bachelor" and must go to the one health clinic all single males have to go to, which is outside Doha and caters to labourers. So it's utterly useless to me (went there once and got nowhere). But a family can go to the local health centres.

On the whole, health care in Qatar is crap and be sceptical of what any "expert" tells you and always get second opinions back home in the UK (for anything serious or dental related). The private sector is all about making money.
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Originally Posted by DXBtoDOH View Post
The advantage of private health insurance is that you avoid the queues at Hamad and the waiting periods for appointments and all that. I have a Hamad card too, but because I'm a single male I'm a "bachelor" and must go to the one health clinic all single males have to go to, which is outside Doha and caters to labourers. So it's utterly useless to me (went there once and got nowhere). But a family can go to the local health centres.
Didn't know Dohell was as bad as that. Full on stone age styleee.
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