Qatar’s investment in healthcare sector at QR22.7bn

Qatar Chamber Board Member Ebtihaj Al Ahmadani has said that Qatar’s healthcare spending is among the highest in the Middle East. The country invested QR22.7bn ($6.2bn) in healthcare sector in 2018, up 4 percent compared to the previous year, she said.

Qatar has been ranked 5th best in the world and the first in the Middle East, according to Legatum Institute, a London-based think-tank which measures improved life expectancy, better health outcomes, and investment in health infrastructure, Al Ahmadani said while attending the recently concluded “12th Arab-German Health Forum” in Berlin, Germany.

“Within the past two year, Qatar has allocated huge investments in the health sector by providing more 1100 beds and opening four new health centers.” she added.

Addressing the forum, Al Ahmadani said that Qatar’s health system has seen great strides over the past years regarding the number of medical facilities and students as well as the spending on health sector by the government.

She also said that students of medicine in Qatar study at Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar which graduated 384 doctors since its establishment in 2001 and at the College of Medicine at Qatar University which will graduate its first batch of doctors in 2021.

She noted that the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) is a non-profit government body that aims to work on improving quality of healthcare in cooperation with all educational and academic institutions and different medical authorities to organize training courses for all healthcare practitioners to be qualified for their specializations.

The event, organised by the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, saw the participation of around 300 experts and decision-makers from business, politics and science to mutually address the most pressing issues facing medicine and healthcare in the coming decade.

The forum represented a major information and networking platform to establish and strengthen long-lasting Arab-German business relationships in the healthcare sector.

Ebtihaj Al Ahmadani represented Qatar Chamber in the forum, accompanied by QC Director-General Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi.

It was also attended by Germany’s State Secretary for Health and Care Martin Matz, Chairman of Jordan Chamber of Commerce Nael Al Kabariti, Secretary General of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and

Industry Abdul Aziz Al Mukhlafi, Ambassador of Lebanon to Germany and Dean of Arabic Diplomatic at Germany Dr Mostafa Adeeb as well as a crowd of businessmen and officials of the Arab and German health sector.

The forum aims to promote and develop the promising collaboration between Arab and German business partners in the health sector because of the increasing demand for modern standards and efficient solutions.

Source from: The Peninsula