Dr. Faleh Muhammed Hussain is Assistant Secretary General for Policy Affairs of the Supreme Council of Health (SCH), Qatar’s highest health authority. He guides national planning for health facilities, services and workforce. He is also responsible for policies on health financing, quality, patient safety, cancer, e-health, facility licensing, and research governance. He oversees the implementation of the 38 Projects of the National Health Strategy 2011-2016, and leads the implementation of 13 of these.
Dr. Hussain is Acting Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Company, a government-owned private company responsible for the implementation and administration of Seha, the National Health Insurance Scheme. Under Seha, by 2016, all nationals and non-nationals were to be covered for extensive services, across all providers.
In addition to his dual leadership position, Dr. Hussain serves on several governmental boards and advisory committees. He was appointed Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners, an arm’s-length body established to consolidate the licensing of health professionals. He holds similar posts in the fields of education, statistics, demography, humanitarian law, sports and information technology.
Dr. Hussain has a strong academic interest. He is Visiting Lecturer and Doctoral Candidate on health financing at Imperial College London. He is author of a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and books. He serves on academic and scientific advisory groups at Qatar University, Qatar Foundation, and Imperial College London.
Before turning to administration, he held health management posts for over a decade. He also led the commissioning of the Cuban Hospital as its Chief Executive Officer from 2009-2012. For around 10 years prior to this, he held executive posts at Hamad General, Rumailah and the Psychiatric Hospitals. He holds a Master of Science in Health Management, from the Tanaka Business School, Imperial College London.
After graduating from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1993 with a bachelor degree in Medicine, he began his career as a clinician working for around ten years as an orthopedic surgeon and emergency physician at Hamad General Hospital, Qatar’s largest hospital.
Dr. Hussain is characterized by a strong commitment to community engagement. For many years, he volunteered in medical affairs and international relief with the Qatar Red Crescent Society, a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.