Posted on April 07, 2011

For the first time in Qatar, the services of the Medical Commission will be made available at three private hospitals in Doha from next month. This is part of a project to diversify the services by allowing private health care facilities to conduct the mandatory medical check up for newly recruited workers.

The Al Ahli Hospital, Doha Clinic and Al Emadi Hospital have become the first three facilities that have been authorised by the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) to conduct the check up, a senior official of the Medical Commission said yesterday.

The service in the initial phase would be limited to certain segments of foreign professionals such as doctors, engineers, lawyers and university teachers.

“These three hospitals have been picked up on an experimental basis. We will expand the services to more private hospitals and clinics in future based on the success of this experiment,” Dr Ibrahim Al Shaar, director of the Medical Commission told The Peninsula.

Those opting for the private facilities to undergo the tests will have to pay an additional fee. However, they could expect faster services. The hospitals will forward the test results to the Medical Commission. “We are working with these hospitals to launch the service, hopefully, from next month,” said Al Shaar. The project that comes as part of a national strategy to involve the private sector in various health care services.

Being the only facility conducting the mandatory check up, the Medical Commission has been facing tremendous pressure, with the increased influx of foreign workers to the country.

There is a long-term plan to conduct the mandatory check up at all the workers-only hospitals and clinics that are planned in the country in the next few years. The first hospital targeting labourers will be established in the Industrial Area and it will be attached with a health center.

The Medical Commission is currently working on a project to extend its timings to accommodate more visitors. The new timing will be introduced once recruitment of staff is completed, said Al Shaar. The Commission will then work from 7am to 2pm and from 2pm to 8pm.

The SCH in coordination with the primary health centers has completed a project to provide the heath check up for residents seeking Qatari citizenship at health centers, SCH said in a statement yesterday.

source: The Peninsula