Supreme Council of Health
The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) is the highest health care authority in Qatar, guiding national reforms and ensuring internationally renowned care. As the steward of health, the SCH develops strategies, policies and programs to improve the health of its country’s people. It also monitors and evaluates progress towards achieving national goals.
The SCH vests responsibility for health care provision to public, semi public and private providers, while regulating all services. The SCH is undertaking the most ambitious health care reform programs in Qatar’s history. The reforms focus on three pillars: System Expansion, System Adaption, and Overall Quality and Access Improvement. Government expenditure on health almost doubled between 2009 and 2012. Leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the SCH is collaboratively developing eleven new hospitals, and diagnosis and research centres. Including health and wellness and community health centres. As part of this expansion, it is undertaking national planning for workforce, facilities and service needs.
In the future model of care, enhanced health promotion and prevention, and strengthened primary care, will co-exist with additional and specialized secondary and tertiary capacity; as an integrated and continuous system of care. To this end, in 2011, building on Qatar National Vision 2030, and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016, the SCH launched the National Health Strategy 2011-2016 (NHS). The NHS outlines seven goals:
- Comprehensive World-Class Healthcare System
- Integrated System of Healthcare
- Preventive Healthcare
- Skilled National Workforce
- National Health Policy
- Affordable Services
- High Quality Research
The NHS is a work plan of 38 projects, with clear milestones and deliverables, to achieve the country’s vision.
For more information on the SCH, please visit: www.sch.gov.qa
For more information on the NHS, please visit: www.nhsq.info
Patient Classification Systems International (PCSI)
After many discussions about the value of a collaborative association, including meetings in Paris in 1984 and Dublin in 1986, Patient Classifications Systems Europe (PCSE) was initially founded in 1987 in Lisbon. The organization created a network of researchers and users of the case mix concept from health administration, government agencies, and academia. From an initial focus on Diagnosis Related Group (DRGs), the association’s goals have expanded to include a broader interest in clustering and grouping techniques of clinical and administrative data for health care management and financing. The association has stimulated the use and refinement of the science of “grouping patients” within different levels of the health system.
Expansion of the organization throughout the world brought a name change from PCSE to Patient Classification Systems International (PCSI). It is the only worldwide organization addressing case mix issues. In the last years the annual international conference has brought together a growing number of active participants from all over the world. From a group of six “idealists” from Western Europe and the United States, the organization has now grown to hundreds of members from 5 continents. The organization puts on one annual conference and offers educational opportunities through our summer and winter School programs.
For more information on PCSI, please visit: http://www.pcsinternational.org