Most expats in Qatar rely on private insurance, which is either provided by their employer or purchased independently. Take the time to thoroughly research your policy and ensure you read ALL the fine print. Most insurance policies include limitations and restrictions; for example, "pre-existing" medical conditions are not likely to be covered. Many insurers limit costs for particular treatments within a calendar year, or have annual limits.
To find the right program you must consider:
Insurance costs vary between companies. Basic health insurance in Doha starts at QR 200, while advanced plans for private hospitals ranges from QR 2,000 to 4,000. It is best to contact them in person and discuss your options. Like costs, benefits also vary widely from insurer to insurer. Contact the companies directly to find out more.
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With so much to deal with before leaving your home country, (taxes, moving house, paperwork etc.) the careful planning of your expatriation to Doha is an essential step. As far as healthcare is concerned, your local social security scheme won’t be accompanying you to your host country and, once abroad, you might be surprised by the care system you find in Qatar. So, before leaving, make sure you have appropriate cover!
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Designed for either short or long stays, APRIL International’s insurance policies offer protection against any problems that might arise before departure or during your time in Qatar: cancelling your trip, medical expenses following an illness or accident, needing to be repatriated, causing damage to a third party or losing your luggage.