Qatar's health system has been ranked 5th best in the world and the first in the Middle East, according to Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank. Improved life expectancy, better health outcomes, and investment in health infrastructure have resulted in Qatar being ranked fifth.
Qatar is the only country in the region to score in the top five on the annual prosperity index, placed behind Singapore, Luxembourg, Japan and Switzerland. The rise in the rankings from 13th place last year to 5th, has been driven by the fact that Qatar has the highest life expectancy rate in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, and globally ranks in the top 25 percentile for healthcare access and quality.
Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, said that Qatar has invested heavily in the health sector under the wise leadership of the HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. She added that the top placement in the international index is a reflection of the country's commitment to system-wide priorities to both meet the needs of future generations and improve the health of the current population. She stressed that the ranking also recognizes that focus on areas such as cancer, diabetes, and smoking cessation is having a positive impact on people's lives, and ultimately it recognizes that life expectancy in Qatar continues to improve.
Source: Government of Qatar