Qatar authorities bust private companies for healthcare fraud
An investigation has found that many private companies skirt labor laws that require them to provide medical attention on-site for construction workers.
The Peninsula reports:
Establishments which have more than 500 workers must either enter into contract with a large private healthcare facility or set up their own clinics (manned by a full-time doctor and two nurses).
So it is legally binding on all private companies to provide full medical care to their workers.
But, according to HMC official Abdul Majeed Basheer, some large companies sign contracts with private healthcare centres only as a formality and do not send their sick or injured workers for treatment to these places.
“The fact is that these companies actually drop their injured workers for treatment at HMC’s emergency unit free of charge in gross violation of the provisions of the labour law,” said Basheer who heads the legal section of the HMC.
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