Rise in the number of both public and private hospitals in the country augmented the growth of hospitals market in the country with increased inpatient visits for various medical conditions. Qatar has one of the best neonatal care programmes in the world, and is one of only four countries in the world that offers a programme where newborn babies are screened for inherited diseases. Rise in the number of live births resulted in the incline in number of both inpatient and outpatient visits during the mentioned period. Moreover, increasing surgeries, accidents, cardiovascular diseases and healthcare problems resulted in higher number of hospital visits during the period.
Since 2014, the number of beds has grown at a steady pace as the government of Qatar has been encouraging doctors to serve in the country and offering them lucrative perks. Major restructuring and incline in growth in hospital beds has occurred in the public hospital settings in the last few years.
World-class facilities in private hospitals are attracting patients who prefer overseas medical services, high inpatient and outpatient cost and high availability of advanced diagnostic and treatment options in these hospitals has led to the dominance of the private hospitals in the Qatar market, in terms of revenue generation.
Qatar’s clinics/health centers market comprises of a large number of players, considering few hospitals operate in the country. The market is highly competitive, with every clinic specializing in a particular area of service including dental, aesthetics, gynecology or in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Almost every clinic consisted of diagnostic lab and pharmacy. A large number of private clinics operated in the country have generated most of the market revenues as opposed the scenario of hospitals.
The number of independent diagnostic labs witnessed a steep incline during the period of 2014-2016, owing to heightened focus on the importance of diagnosing diseases at an early stage and awareness amongst the population to conduct diagnosis so as to ascertain the root cause of medical conditions and subsequently receive the required treatment.
Pathological tests marginally occupied the higher market share of independent diagnostic laboratories market. High demand and necessity of pathological tests especially among the vast diabetic population of the country resulted in higher revenue generation from this segment.
Elevating self care attitude about chronic diseases such as heart diseases and respiratory disorders has led to an incline in number of footfalls in the independent laboratories for radiology tests; hence, increasing their revenue.
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