GCC citizens are exempted from the mandatory health insurance while entering Qatar, Dr Yousef al-Maslamani, medical director of Hamad General Hospital, told Rayyan TV on Tuesday. The first phase of the new health insurance system, which came into force Wednesday, implements the provisions of Law No. (22) of 2021 regarding the regulation of healthcare services within Qatar, and stipulates that visitors need health insurance.
Dr al-Masalamani said the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has prepared mechanisms to implement the first phase of insurance for visitors to the country. The insurance policy for visitors covers emergency and accident services only, with a premium of QR50 per month at the initial issuance and upon extension of the visa. Visitors can also obtain a health insurance policy that covers additional services, and the premiums for such policies will vary.
The MoPH has identified nine companies to issue the insurance policy for visitors. They are Qatar Insurance Company, QLM Life and Health Insurance, Gulf Takaful Insurance, Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance Company, Daman Islamic Insurance Company (Beema), Doha Takaful, General Takaful, Group Doha Insurance and Islamic Insurance.
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