Qatar’s Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has introduced a cashless system for all medical service payments across its network of hospitals and facilities from Monday.
After successful trials at selected facilities including Women’s Hospital, Al Sadd Paediatric Emergency Center and the Bone and Joint Center, the system is being rolled out across HMC’s network of hospitals and facilities.
Patients going to HMC hospitals and facilities for appointments or services, will need to pay by credit, debit or e-cash card (a cashless card available from QNB 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.
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.
Published on 1 January 2018