Posted on September 20, 2019

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft law regulating medical treatment for citizens abroad.

After HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani (pictured) chaired the Cabinet regular meeting at its seat at the Amiri Diwan, HE the Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi stated that the Cabinet reviewed topics on its agenda as following:

The Cabinet approved a draft law regulating medical treatment abroad. The preparation of the draft law replaces the Amiri Decision No. 51 of 2012 on regulating medical treatment abroad to keep abreast of recent developments in the medical treatment system to facilitate the procedures for the treatment of Qatari patients abroad and provide them with the best services. Under the provisions of the draft law, the State shall assume the medical treatment of the citizens abroad and shall bear the expenses of treatment and other costs in accordance with the provisions of this law and its executive regulations.

The medical treatment of citizens abroad shall be decided by a decision from the relevant committee in cases if the appropriate treatment is not available in the country, in accordance with the provisions of this law and its executive regulations. The State shall also bear the expenses of medical treatment of students and employees on scholarships abroad and members of their families who are legally dependent on them. The State shall also bear the expenses of medical treatment of students studying abroad on their own expenses, on condition that they provide enrollment verification. The Cabinet approved a draft decision of the Minister of Interior amending some provisions of the executive regulation of the Traffic Law issued by Decision No. 6 of 2010.

The Cabinet also reviewed the recommendations of the Shura Council on education and the conditions of medical services in Qatar and decided to refer these recommendations to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Ministry of Public Health to study them and provide their views in this regard. The Cabinet also gave approval to the requirements to host the regional counter-cybercrime headquarters in Qatar for training and education. It also approved to host the technical workshop organised by FIRST International, which brings together a variety of computer security incident response teams on the sidelines of the Cybersecurity Drill which will be conducted by the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Doha during December 2019.

It also approved the signing on the Arab Customs Cooperation Agreement, Convention on the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Relating to International Civil Aviation and the Protocol Supplementing the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft. The Cabinet moreover approved a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the establishment of political consultations on issues of mutual interest between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, and a draft MoU between the Government of Qatar and the Government of Kuwait on cooperation in the areas of improving the implementation, construction and maintenance of roads.

The Cabinet also reviewed HE the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs' letter on the formation of a working group to study some amendments to the Labour Law promulgated by Law No. 14 of 2004 and Law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their residence, and HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry's letter on the results of the Gulf Cooperation Council's Trade Cooperation Committee's 57th meeting and the Industrial Cooperation Committee's 45th meeting.

The Cabinet then took the appropriate decision thereon.