Qatar imposes private health insurance for expats

Qatar has ordered employers in the tiny Gulf country to provide insurance coverage for the workers and their families,  the country’s state-run agency QNA reports.

The order signed by ruler Tamim bin Hamad al Thani on Wednesday will take effect six month from the date of publication. Under the order, government subsidized health service will be scraped for visitors and residents.

All visitors to Qatar are required to purchase a health insurance plan that covers them while in the country, the order also stipulates. Court of the Emir did not provide reasons for the new policy.

Qatari citizens only accounted for 10 per cent of the entire population put at 2.9 million in 2020.

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