Cancer Treatment Now Free for All Residents in Qatar

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Peninsula -- Treatment of cancer at the Oncology Department of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is free for all residents, a senior official at the Department disclosed.


Dr Osama al-Homsi, Chairman and Senior Consultant at National Centre for Cancer Care and Research Hematology and Oncology at HMC, said in an interview with the Arabic Daily Al Arab, that the treatment at HMC is free for all residents.


"Before, the State covered 80 percent of the oncology treatment for resident patients and the rest 20% was paid for by the cancer patient. However, recently the remaining 20% is also covered to provide free treatment to citizens and residents,” he said during the interview.


“There is continuous progress in the treatment of tumors and medicine, in general, and we are keen to bring everything new in the treatment of tumors, especially with regard to drugs, especially immunological drugs, and have a good impact in controlling diseases. There are lots of researches happening in this area and this leads to positive results. We will import any medicine that we need for the health of our patients to be included in the list of recognized medicines in the country," he added in Al Arab interview.


"Providing treatment free of charge to all patients helped many patients, especially since 20% of the amount can sometimes be large, because of the high price of cancer drugs. This was a good decision by the State and we are happy with it," al-Homsi added.


According to the Department’s statistics, the proportion of Qataris receiving treatment abroad has decreased significantly during the past years, and many have become willing to receive treatment in Qatar.