What will happen in Qatar starting Jan. 1, 2017?
Beginning on January 1, the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is set to introduce a cashless system for all medical service payments across its network of hospitals and facilities.
After holding successful trials at selected facilities including the Women’s Hospital, Al Sadd Paediatric Emergency Center and the Bone and Joint Center, the system will be rolled out across HMC’s network starting Monday.
From the first day of the new year, patients visiting HMC’s hospitals and facilities for appointments or services will now need to pay by credit, debit or E-cash card (a cashless card available from Qatar National Bank for QR20, which can be topped up and used to pay for other government services), instead of using cash.
In the near future, the cashless system will also allow any subsequent payments for services to be taken at the service counter. This method will also apply to pharmacy, allowing patients to retrieve and pay for their prescriptions more efficiently.
“Every day, there’re thousands of transactions across our network. The new system will mean a faster, more convenient experience for our patients,” said a HMC spokesperson.
“There could be a period of adjustment as patients get used to the new system, but our cashiers and support staff have been fully trained in its implementation. We would like to thank our patients for their support and cooperation.”
Along with some hospitals and centres at HMC, the cashless system has also been successfully introduced at other Qatar government facilities including Primary Health Care Corporation, the Traffic Department and the General Directorate of Borders, Passports and Expatriates Affairs.