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Qatar’s Health System Beats Bigger Neighbours To Finish On Top In The Middle East

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Qatar’s health system has been ranked the best in the Middle East as a result of constant improvement in the sector. It also stands 13th in the world rankings, beating its powerful neighbours in the process.

The annual index measures and rates the quality of health of people living in 149 countries. A comprehensive review process assessed three key measures of the quality of each country’s healthcare system, including basic mental and physical health, health infrastructure, and the availability of preventive care.

Qatar’s health ranking within the Legatum Prosperity Index has risen in the past ten years, advancing from 27th in the world in 2008 to 13th place at present.

“To be ranked 13th in the world is a wonderful endorsement of the quality of care we deliver every day to patients across our health system,” said Minister of Public Health HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari.

“The transformation of Qatar’s health system in recent decades has been remarkable. We’ve made enormous progress in terms of both increasing capacity and advancing the quality of care. The growth has been rapid and rivals any country in the world in terms of the pace of change,” she explained.

HMC (Hamad Medical Corporation) inaugurated seven new hospitals and numerous specialist facilities since 2011.

HMC has opened four new hospitals across Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City Doha campus — the Communicable Disease Center, Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, the Ambulatory Care Center and the Women’s Wellness and Research Center.

HMC takes care of 12 hospitals, nine specialist hospitals and three community hospitals along with the National Ambulance Service and home and residential care services.

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