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73 new private health centres on way in Qatar

DOHA, May 26, 2015

Qatar has as many as 73 new private healthcare facilities in the pipeline, with a 46 per cent growth in licensed private facilities last year, according to a report.

The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) is set to host an event for the healthcare community on June 1 to mark the completion of four years of the National Health Strategy (NHS) 2011-2016 at the Gassar Resort, under the theme ‘Together for Integrated Care,’ said the Peninsula report.

The annual event will aim at building greater understanding and support for the wide ranging transformation in health services currently being delivered, it said.

Qatar has continued to have one of the world’s highest population growth rates. To meet this challenge there has been a 16 per cent increase in health workforce last year, with the public sector now employing over 30,000 healthcare professionals.

The public sector healthcare spending in 2013/14 was QR12.69 million ($3.4 million), an increase of 28 per cent on the previous year.

Meanwhile, the NHS has also grown in response to these challenges. This year, the strategy comprises 35 projects - six have been completed and closed, two new projects have been added, while Diabetes and Oral Health, and the National Cancer Programme has been brought within its scope of implementation.

Abdulla bin Khalid Al Qahtani, the Minister of Public Health, will speak on the vision for Qatar’s health sector, and this year he will be followed by international speakers from New Zealand who will present their experience of developing local, integrated clinical partnerships to support growing healthcare demands, particularly those of patients with long term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

The presentations will be followed by an open panel discussion on the challenges and achievements of developing a modern integrated health system for Qatar.

It will cover topics such as the National Cancer Program, Seha, primary care, the new E-Health initiative, quality, and continuing professional education.

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