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New legislation in Qatar dictates that employers must prearrange private medical insurance for every expatriate employee prior to their arrival in the country, as well as pay the premiums on their behalf.

News website Health Insurance Daily has reported that the law will come into effect during the first quarter of 2015 for employers of white-collar workers, while blue-collar bosses will have until the end of 2015.

Thereafter, resident permits will only be issued to non-native workers once their employer has made the appropriate insurance arrangements.

The legislation also outlines that employers will be required to go through insurance companies that are based in Qatar and are registered with the Supreme Council of Health – an authority that oversees the quality and effectiveness of healthcare within the region. It has been explained that this rule will apply to international insurers just the same.

The responsibility of expat employers in Qatar

It is in the interest of any British firm operating in Qatar to make sure in advance that they will comply with the legislation once it comes into place. Failure to do so could result in a short-staffed workforce and, consequently, a lower level of productivity – which may prove very costly in the long run.

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At Chase Templeton we have a great deal of expertise when it comes to providing businesses with insurance for their expat employees. Our experienced team will seek out the most appropriate and cost-effective policies that will keep your employees and your business protected.

If you would like more information on our services, please get in touch with us today so we can discuss the options with you. You can reach our Blackburn office on 01254 504910, or our Somerset office on 0800 018 3633. Alternatively, you can fill out an enquiry form on the contact us page.