Qatar spent QR1.2bn to treat citizens abroad
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Qatar spent QR1.2bn to treat citizens abroad

Qatar spent QR1.2bn to treat citizens abroad

Qatar's Advisory Council has said the QR1.2bn ($328.76m) spent by the government in 2011 on treatment of its citizens overseas reflect the poor satisfaction level of locals with healthcare services in the country, the Peninsula has reported. This represents a significant increase over 2010, when a total of QR780m ($213.7m) was spent on nearly 3,000 citizens who received treatment overseas, the council said. Crowding and long waiting time for appointments at Hamad Medical Corp (HMC) hospitals, coupled with a lack of confidence in doctors and other healthcare practitioners here are forcing many citizens to look for treatment overseas, it noted. Currently, about 2,000 Qatari patients are undergoing treatment abroad under state support, it said.

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