Posted on August 13, 2014

The National Health Insurance Company (NHIC) is marking one year of caring for the people of Qatar through Seha with just under 230,000 visits to hospitals and clinics by Qatari nationals seeking treatment under the National Health Insurance Scheme since its launch in July 2013.

Stage 1 of the scheme was launched on 17 July 2013 providing health insurance coverage for Qatari national females aged 12 and above for a select set of maternity and women’s healthcare services. The scheme has since expanded to cover all Qatari nationals for the full spectrum of basic healthcare services with the launch of Stage 2 on 30 April 2014.

“The past 12 months have been a tremendous success for the National Health Insurance Company. The fact that the scheme’s roll-out has been both smooth and on time is a significant achievement and testament to Qatar’s progress toward realisation of the National Vision 2030 and modernization of the healthcare sector as envisioned by the National Health Strategy,” explained Dr. Faleh Mohamed Hussain Ali, acting CEO of the National Health Insurance Company.

Seha launched in July 2013 with four hospitals – one public and three private – as part of its provider network. Today, scheme members can receive treatment from over 60 network providers: four public hospitals, three private hospitals, 29 clinics and polyclinics, 43 dental providers of which 27 are specialized dental centres and one optical provider with 6 branches. A second optical provider, Al Jaber Opticians with 20 branches, will join the Seha network 14 August with another three optical providers slated to join in the near future. NHIC has a target of growing the Seha provider network to 100 providers by the end of 2014. The network is open to all healthcare providers in Qatar, both public and private, who wish to join and meet the quality and technical criteria set by NHIC and SCH.

Seha has, over the course of its first year, introduced two disease management programmes as an additional long-term benefit to members, providing information and advice to help people live healthier and more fulfilling lives. The Maternity Management Programme was introduced in October 2013 during Stage 1 of the scheme, offering women a valuable support system to which they can turn for questions or concerns about their pregnancy.

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The Diabetes Management Programme was introduced in May 2014, shortly after the start of Seha’s Stage 2. Open to adult Seha beneficiaries who have been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, the aim of the programme is to provide support and education to enable patients to live healthier lives and delay the onset of diabetes-related complications.The Diabetes Management Programme has been positively received by Seha members, with 78% of those who qualify having opted to enroll in the initiative.

“As a social health insurance scheme, Seha’s mandate stems directly from the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Health Strategy. Unlike a private sector company, we are a not-for-profit organisation and our role is to ensure the citizens of Qatar have access to the best possible health care for the long-term benefit of society and the country. We are well on the way to achieving this goal and, while our work is not yet finished, what we have achieved and learned over the past year gives us great confidence for the overall plans for transformation of the healthcare sector in Qatar,” Dr Faleh concluded.

Seha coverage includes both in-patient and out-patient services including preventative care, emergency treatment, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, long-term care, radiology, ophthalmology, laboratory testing and prescription medicines as well as dental and optical services.

Information and updates on the scheme are available at the Seha website www.seha.qa and through social media at facebook.com/SehaQatar and twitter.com/SehaQatar. Members can also call the Seha call centre on telephone 4020 8444, or alternatively visit the customer care centre on the sixth floor of Amwal Tower in West Bay, Doha.

Qatar Airways flies daily to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

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