Filipino and Qatari investors are now in negotiations for the establishment of the first Filipino hospital in Qatar, an online report said.
Philippine Business Council-Qatar (PBC-Q) chairman Greg Loayon said the concept is unique as the hospital will be open for patronage from the more than 200,000 Filipino workers in Qatar to help raise the country's health industry.
“From a social responsibility perspective, this is one large part of the population that we are able to service; this collaboration with Qatari investors is a way of giving back to a demographic group that has contributed to the development of Qatar,” Loayon said in a report on Gulf Times.
The hospital will use capital from Qatari investors for the land and/or building and will be staffed by "Western-educated Filipino doctors, nurses, and other medical staff," he added.
Loayon said the hospital will open its services to both Filipinos and "other expats who would like to have a level of care that they can expect from a Filipino health professional."
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, Qatar was the preferred country of destination for 5.3 percent of Filipinos in 2014. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News