Healthcare in Qatar is consistently rated as among the best in the Middle-East. Qatar’s doctors, many of whom are expats, are highly proficient and both Qatar’s public and private hospitals are excellent.
Many Qatari residents are guaranteed access to free or subsidised healthcare through Qatar’s public healthcare system, while more expensive private care exists for those who desire faster or more specialist treatment. The state has recently explored different approaches to healthcare dispensation which might impact both the private and public healthcare systems in the future. An example can be seen in the suspended Social Medical Insurance Scheme, which would have made private health insurance compulsory for all expats, while also restricting expat access to public healthcare.