Qatar Chamber’s Insurance Committee recently held a meeting to review Law No 22 of 2021 on the regulations of healthcare services in the country.
The meeting was presided over by Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani, who is also chairperson of the committee, in the presence of Adviser to the Minister of Health for Insurance Affairs Khalid bin Abdulrahman al-Mughesib and Qatar Chamber Health Committee chairperson Ibtihaj al-Ahmadani.
Adviser to the Minister of Health for Insurance Affairs Khalid bin Abdulrahman al-Mughesib
During the meeting, the committee approved the formation of the technical team concerned with car insurance from representatives of national insurance companies.
The team consists of experts and managers of the departments concerned in insurance companies.
For his part, al-Mughesib reviewed the main features of the healthcare services law and its executive regulations, stressing that it aims at boosting the insurance industry for national companies.
Citing the law, he said health insurance has become mandatory for expatriates who will receive healthcare services at private facilities, while Qatari citizens will receive healthcare services at government facilities.
If the service is not available in private facilities, it is possible to refer the expatriate to receive the healthcare services at the government facilities, he noted.
Underscoring the importance of the law, al-Mughesib said it contributes to enhancing public-private partnership, assuring that “it will be regularly revised to identify any obstacles that might arise as a result of the practical practice.”
As for the insurance coverage, he said the law made it inclusive for national companies with the aim to support the country’s insurance industry and maintain the confidentiality of beneficiaries’ data.
He also stressed that the healthcare packages are one package and at a fixed price, as the mandatory price was determined according to a study conducted by a global actuarial consultant to achieve a balance between benefits and risks for all parties.
“All insurance companies, third-party administrator companies, insurance brokers, and service providers will be registered in an electronic platform that will be developed by the Ministry of Public Health,” he added.
At the end of the meeting, the committee members agreed that the chamber’s Insurance Committee would monitor and combine the inquiries and proposals of insurance companies regarding the law and submit them to the Ministry of Public Health to take the necessary action.