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Qatar turns to private firms to provide health insurance

Supreme Council of Health says services provided by the National Health Insurance Company will be suspended from Dec 31

Qatar turns to private firms to provide health insurance
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Qatar's Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has announced that health insurance services provided by the National Health Insurance Company (Seha) will be suspended from the end of December.

A Cabinet decision has been made to transfer health insurance responsibilities to private companies, according to the official Qatar News Agency.

In a statement carried by QNA, it was announced that the Supreme Council of Health will "agree with a company or more from the private sector health insurance companies to provide health insurance services to citizens".

The SCH said that in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance it will provide Qatari nationals with insurance coverage through one or more insurance companies within the next six months "without placing extra burden on the citizens".

Details of the insurance scheme and subscription will be announced soon, the SCH statement said.

Seha is a scheme that provides mandatory health insurance coverage through a network of public and private clinics and hospitals.

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