Under the guidance of his Highness the Emir of Qatar, the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) was established in 2009 and given the responsibility to guide reform in Qatar in order to establish one of the world’s most admired and renowned health systems. The SCH’s role is to create a clear vision for the nation’s health direction, set goals and objectives for the country, design policies to achieve the vision, regulate the medical landscape, protect the public’s health, set the health research agenda, and monitor and evaluate progress towards achieving those objectives.
The (SCH) oversees and regulates the health sector, promoting high quality care through use of the latest information technology and support of a health care financing program that provides access to all while establishing incentives for good resource stewardship. The SCH also promotes evidence- based policies that seek to improve the health and well-being of individuals and their families.
The State of Qatar aims towards “a comprehensive world-class healthcare system, whose services are accessible to the whole population”. One of the envisaged ways of achieving this is to secure “effective and affordable services in accordance with the principle of partnership in bearing the costs of healthcare.”
In accordance with the vision for the nation’s health direction and Emiri Decree Number (13), the SCH has established the prerequisite regulatory and policy framework for the successful introduction of a Social Health Insurance (SHI) Scheme in the State of Qatar.