Healthcare Sector in Qatar

An Expert's View about Human Health Services in Qatar

Posted on: 4 Oct 2010

Qatar’s aim of providing effective domestic healthcare services is coupled with aspirations to become the healthcare centre of choice for the region.

Sector briefing Healthcare Opportunities in Qatar Why Qatar? Qatar is investing heavily in its healthcare sector to cater to demand from a growing population. QR8.6bn (around 7%) of Qatar?s 2010-2011 State Budget is earmarked for expansions and improvements within the sector. Around 98% of healthcare is delivered through Hamad Medical Corporation, the state healthcare provider. Liberalisation of investment laws and public-private strategic partnerships in the running of new hospitals/health centres for expatriate workers will further develop the sector and present opportunities. Qatar?s aim of providing effective domestic healthcare services is coupled with aspirations to become the healthcare centre of choice for ?Qatar?s aim of providing the region. An important element in delivering effective domestic healthcare this will be a new medical and research centre ? Sidra. services is coupled with aspirations to become the Find general information on Qatari market healthcare centre of choice conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing Business Guide for Qatar gives an overview of for the region? Qatar?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issue. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Healthcare opportunities in Qatar Opportunities with the ability to undertake the entire non- Opportunities for UK healthcare related medical furniture package (as opposed to parts companies in Qatar can broadly be broken of it) have good potential in the market. down into the areas areas/projects below. A growing importance is being attached to in- Staffing country after sales services either through the establishment of an office in Qatar or through a Attracting healthcare professionals and skilled reliable agent/distributor able to provide this. administrators into the healthcare system remains a key challenge. The small number of Hamad Medical City local Qatari doctors coming into the system coupled with new hospitals scheduled to come The Hamad Medical City Complex is a $1bn on line, will make staffing challenges more project. When completed it will offer around acute. Healthcare/medical education and 750 new bed space. The facility is not fully training programmes are already underway to operational and unlikely to be open until early help deliver more healthcare professionals into 2013. Opportunities still exist for all manor of the sector. Qatar has formed partnerships with medical supplies which are tendered through foreign establishements now operating in the local press and through limited tenders Qatar. These include the University of (i.e. by invtation only). The bulk of Calagry-Qatar providing nursing training and consumables will be tendered for in late the Weill Cornell Medical College. Opportunites 2011/early 2012. In general, routine UK exisit for specialist healthcare proffessional medical consumables do not fair well in tenders placement companies. unless they are competitively priced. Preventative Care Sidra Medical & Research Centre While providing additional medical facilities to The $2.5bn Sidra facility is scheduled to open cater to an increasing population, Qatar in late 2012 and enjoys a $7.9bn endowment. realises the need for raising public awareness The 382 bed teaching establishment will have a of preventive care longer-term. Iniatiatives to particular focus on paediatrics and women?s change the reliance on tertiary care from healthcare and will be based on the North hospitals from the population present some American AMC model. Its research will centre opportunities. on health conditions most effecting the region (eg diabetes, cardio vascular conditions etc). Pharmaceuticals Sidra are already speaking to companies providing supplies of specialist medical Qatar?s pharmaceutical market was estimated equipment. The bulk of tendering for the at around US$240m in 2008 and is growing. project is likely to appear from early 2011. The purchase of pharmaceuticals by local health establishments is usually done in one of Healthcare Investment & Operation three ways; through local agents/distributors; directly from pharmaceutical companies; or Recent changes to the law in Qatar now allow through bulk GCC purchasing agreements. for foreign companies to invest in the healtcare Despite these, the market requires more sector without the need for a local partner. pharmaceuticals than presently available in Under this, the Supreme Council for Health Qatar. Supplements such as vitamin D are also Council is speaking to foreign partners to help in regular demand. build and and operate around 3 hospitals catering specifically to foreign workers. If you have any questions on the opportunities above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this Hospital Furniture report. Business opportunities aimed specifically at UK companies are added daily to The number of new hospitals/healthcare UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our establishments being built will require all staff overseas in British Embassies, High manor of hospital furniture (medical and non- Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors medical). Opportunities exist for companies and in over 100 markets. who have proven experience of equiping large medical establishments. In general, companies UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Healthcare opportunities in Qatar You can be alerted to business opportunities on a regular basis by registering on the UKTI website. More on UKTI?s business opportunities This can include: service ? Provision of market information ? Validated lists of agents/distributors ? Key market players or potential Major events and activities customers in the Qatar market ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you Qatar Health 2010 ? Arranging appointments ? Organise seminars or other events for Time: 10-15 December 2010 you to meet contacts and promote your company in the Qatar market Arab Health 2011 (Dubai) Time: 24-27 January 2011 This work is available via our Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable service which assists British-based companies Find full details of all events in this country and wishing to enter or expand their business in sector on the UKTI website. New export events overseas markets. are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or To find out more about commissioning this monthly basis work, or accessing other UKTI services and specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) to find contact details for your local UKTI provides grant support for eligible Small & office. Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events UKTI contacts Jaspal Panesar Deputy Director Trade & Investment British Embassy Doha Tel: (00 974) 4496 2074* Email: *Please note number will change to (00 974) 4496 2074 from 28 July 2010 Next steps - How UKTI can help British companies wishing to develop their business in the Qatari market are advised to undertake as much market research and planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Qatar, with its wide local knowledge and experience, can provide a range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow their business in global markets. Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Healthcare opportunities in Qatar
Posted: 04 October 2010

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