How To Get Hamad Health Card in Qatar (2024)

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Individuals in Qatar, whether citizens or residents, can enjoy world-class public healthcare services by applying for a Government Health Card (commonly known as Hamad Health Card).

Here is the detailed step-by-step process of how to get a Hamad Health Card, which can be used to access public healthcare in Qatar at subsidized rates. We have also included the steps to use the detailed process on how to use the recently-launched Nar’aakom mobile application to apply for a Health Card online.

About Hamad Medical Corporation

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the principal public healthcare provider in the State of Qatar, delivering the safest, most effective, and most compassionate care to each one of its patients.

It is Qatar’s premier non-profit healthcare provider offering front-line medical services such as hospitals and polyclinics across the country. Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) operates through primary health care centres distributed into three regions, namely Central, Western, and Northern.

With 30+ health centers across the country, PHCC provides primary care services including a general practice (where one can be seen by the family physician), vaccinations, optometry, urgent care services and other services. To register for PHCC services, you need to apply for a health card.

Benefits of Hamad Health Card

Having an HMC Health Card is very helpful, regardless of whether it is to complement your private insurance or to ensure proper medical care in the absence of private insurance.

From consultations and blood tests to surgeries and medication, including for mental health, everything is free of charge or heavily subsidized in Hamad and PHCC.

In some cases, consultations or non-emergency treatments may cost extra but will be subsidized for those who hold a valid health card.

Holders of a health card can also have their prescriptions filled at a government-run pharmacy at subsidized rates.

Documents Required for Hamad Health Card

The following documents will need to be submitted along with the healthcare application.

  • Valid Qatar ID (original+copy)
  • Passport copy
  • Passport size photograph
  • Proof of address / copy of a utility bill (phone, water/electricity) to prove where you live*

*If electricity is not under the tenant’s name, you should provide a housing contract attested by Municipality. This is not required for single workers. For single workers, please check the procedure here.

TIP: Make sure to note down or take a photo of your home’s National Address (blue address plate with building, street, and zone numbers) as those details would be required.


Hamad Health Card Application Process

How To Get Hamad Health Card in Qatar (Offline)

Below are the steps to get an HMC Health Card directly through PHCC.

Step 1: Visit your nearest Primary Health Care Centre

Each area has a designated health care centre and if you are unsure which one is closest to you, call the PHCC helpline on 107. You will need to tell them your Qatar National Address.

Please note that health cards are issued during morning working hours only.

If there are more than one employee, the company Mandoob (PRO) can go to Hamad Hospital and apply on behalf of the employees.

Step 2: Fill up the healthcare application

You will be given a simple application form where you have to fill up basic details like Name, Qatar ID number, National Address (building, street, and zone numbers), Phone Number, etc.

Step 3: Submit the documents

Submit the required documents listed above.

Step 4: Pay the required fee

Usually, the payment is accepted only via debit/credit card. However, it is better to carry cash also as some clinics often ask for cash payment. Here is how much Hamad Health Card costs.

Step 5: Collect your health card

The health centre will either issue your card immediately or ask you to return it within a few days to collect it.


How To Get Hamad Health Card for Single Workers

For single/bachelor workers, the application has to be submitted to Hamad Health Card Printing Office through the company PRO (Mandoob). Workers Health Center is not offering this facility anymore.

How to Apply for Hamad Health Card Online

PHCC has recently launched Nar’aakom (Naraakom), a bilingual mobile application that provides comprehensive healthcare management via smartphones.

Nar’aakom mobile app has the option to apply for Hamad Health Card online. Here are the steps on how to do that:

Step 1: Download Nar’aakom mobile app from App Store or Google Play Store

Step 2: Open the app, and select the language (English or Arabic)

Step 3: Login using National Authentication System (Tawtheeq)

If you do not have an account yet, you can create one by following the instructions on the app screen.

How To Apply for Hamad Health Card Online in Qatar

Step 4: Select “E-Services”

The E-Services option is shown on the bottom part of the application window.

Step 5: Select “Apply for Health Card”

It would be the first option on the next page

Step 6: Fill up the details required

Step 7: Upload the required documents

Step 8: Follow the instructions on how to collect the card

After submitting the documents you will be issued a health card number which can be used for initial services.

Fees for Hamad Health Card

Below are the fees for obtaining Hamad Health Card:

Expatriate Residents (adults or children)QR 100
Qatari Citizens (adults or children)QR 50
GCC Citizens (adults or children)QR 50
Domestic WorkersQR 50

NOTE: Children born in Qatar can access medical facilities for free for the first year.

Working Hours

The health card application along with your documents can be submitted only from 7.30 am until 2 pm on weekdays.

How The Health Card Looks Like

Hamad Health Card Qatar

The Hamad Health Card is a regular size card with the following details:

  • Health Card Number (H.C. Number)
  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Qatar ID Number
  • Blood Group
  • Health Center Code
  • Date of Issue
  • Important Medical Data
  • PHC File Number & File Location

Hamad Health Card Validity

The card is valid for one year for expatriates and has to be renewed every year. There is no penalty for not renewing the card.

Here is a detailed step-by-step guide on how to renew the Hamad Health Card online. The card can also be renewed at your local PHCC during morning hours.

Please note that the Health Card does not have the expiry date printed on it. The expiry date is updated in the online system. Even after you renew the card, you will not be issued a new card and you can continue to use the old Health Card.

You can check the validity of your health card by going to this link on the Hukoomi website.

Check Qatar Health Card Expiry Status Online Step 1

How To Replace Lost Health Card

For replacement, you have to contact your health centre with your Qatar ID. You can also request for reprint online by going to this link.

If you lose your Health Card but it is still valid, you will have to pay QR 100 for a replacement. If you lose it and it has expired, you will have to pay QR 200 for a new health card.

How To Get Treatment With Hamad Health Card

Once registered, you can access PHCC services by booking an appointment via the PHCC Naraakom app or by calling 107. You have the option of booking a face to face or a virtual appointment.

Alternatively, you can call 16000 for  an urgent telephone or video consultation with the physician., during the hours of 7am to 11pm.

A nurse led telephone triage service is also available from 11pm to 7am which will signpost patients to appropriate services, such as PHCC 24-hr Urgent Care services, based on their needs.

PHCC provides a walk in 24-hour Urgent Care Service at the following 9 health centers: Rawdat Al Khail, Al Rayyan, Al Kaaban, Al Sheehaniya, Al Ruwais, Muaither, Abu Bakr Al Siddiq, Um Salal and Al Mashaf Health Centers. 


FAQ on Hamad Health Card


Can visitors to Qatar get Hamad Health Card?

No, Hamad Health Card is only issued for Qatar Residents, Qatari Citizens and GCC Citizens.

Is it compulsory to take Hamad Health Card?

Hamad Health Card is not mandatory if you are comfortable with private insurance. However it is highly recommended as it would be useful in case of an emergency.

Is healthcare free in Qatar?

Qatar’s public healthcare system provides most of the consultations, medications, medical tests and even surgeries free of cost or at heavily subsidized rates.

Where can I apply for a Health Card in Qatar?

Citizens and residents of Qatar may apply for a health card to access services at any of the Hamad Medical Corporation’s healthcare facilities or hospitals.

How can I apply for Hamad Health Card online?

You can apply for a Hamad Health Card online using the Nar’aakom mobile application launched by PHCC.

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  1. i applied new health card through nar’aakom app. i submit ll my documents. I got referred number. I don’t what is the next process.

  2. Dear DG,

    Please advise how to transfer my Single /Bachelor Health card to family health center.

    Now i have house contract under my name with Baladiya attestation.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Karthik, When you visit the new health center to apply health card for your family inform them about this. They can change your health center in the system. Sometimes they will ask you to get a transfer paper from your old health center. Check with the new health center first.

    2. Hi karthik,
      how to get Baladiya attestation please advice, which document required to do that.

  3. Hello DG team,

    I lost my Health Card and it got expired. I tried to renew through HUKOOMI site by clicking the option “Reprint (Lost or damaged ePurse(“. But I received error notification as “Photo not found in System”

    Can you please advise ?

    1. Hi Rimzan, Visit your health center with a photo and tell them about the issue. They can help upload the photo,

  4. Hello Team,
    I live with my parents so the contract & Kahrama bill is under my fathers name. What proof do I show the health centre to get healthcard for my wife.
    With Regards,
    Arshad Mohamed Ali

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Arshad, You can show your father’s tenancy contract, Kahramaa bill, and you passport page with father’s name. Usually they would understand if you tell the situation. You can also keep your National Address Certificate (from Metrash).

  5. Greetings Dohaguides.com
    My wife and daughter recently had QID under my sponsoship. I have existing health card for bachelor, what are the requirements for applying health card for them and can I convert my health card to family to transfer to the nearest family clinic, instead of the bachelors/single worker hospital.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Fernando, You can visit the nearest health center with your family’s QID, passport, photos, and rental agreement (or any proof of address). You can also request them to change your health card to this health center.

  6. Hi,
    My wife got ID…i need to take her health card.my house contract is not attested but it is same as my national address.is it enough for applying?

    1. Hi Anu, You can try applying at the nearest health center. Usually contract attestation is not be required for health card.

  7. Hi dohaguides,
    I’m 8 months pregnant, I got my healthcard number, but I don’t have healthcard bcz they told me that printing might be delay, can I visit for checkup in phcc with healthcard number,and I have referral letter from my private clinic

  8. HI,
    I submitted all the documents to apply health card for my wife at health center and they gave small sticker with person name and HC number , when I go to pay fees for health card they told the system is down I check HMC and some other health centers also , is that true anyone experienced the same?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Basheer, This is a temporary issue. You can try some other day. Anyways that sticker with HC number is good enough to get treatment.

  9. without kahrama and attested contract can we get HMC Health card for my wife . She is having RP under husband sponsorship ?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Salman, Either of these is required to prove your accommodation. If your wife has Metrash, you can try with National Address Certificate (first check with your PHCC if that would be approved).

  10. Am new in Qatar here. My card is on process that means I’ve done with the finger print and waiting for the card but am not feeling well since six days,can I come to the facility with the photocopy of the passport and the visa?
    Pls I need help. Very sick 😫
    Thanks

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Nana, You can visit your nearest PHCC and talk to them. Sometimes they would allow emergency treatment (if it is emergency only).

  11. hi DG team

    I want to make health card for my daughter and wife, they are on a Family residence visa, what are the procedures and my HC in west bay health center, is it possible to make them at Wajbah health center health card

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Abdul, Your Health Center will depend on the address of your residence. You can call PHCC helpline on 107 and check which is your Health Centre. You will need to tell them your national address. Once you find the Health Center go there with your address proof, family’s QID copy, photo and passport copy. Take bank card for fee payment.

  12. Hi,
    Do HMC accept national address certificate as address proof instead of Kahrama and attested contract