Iraq

Information for Patients
Healthcare in Iraq is divided between public and private sector. The Public sector is financed by the Ministry of Health but given the on-going security crises in the country, quality within the public sector is sporadic. Better quality care is focused in major cities via private health clinics. Due to many displaced communities due to the years of on-going conflict, the United Nations and various aid organizations have set up clinics operated by them to fill in the gaps within the porous healthcare system. Nevertheless, healthcare is provided for free to all Iraqi citizens. 


Information for Health Care Professionals
All medical professionals must have all legal documents both notarized and legalized by the local Iraqi embassy and submit to relevant medical bodies for examination and verification. Those offered a position in private sector will have to undergo further examination and certification prior to practicing in Iraq. Fluency in Arabic is required in order to practice in Iraq. For those looking to practice as a volunteer medical doctor in many of the parts of Iraq undergoing humanitarian crises, it is advised to seek out the relevant criteria within the particular aid organization in which you would like to involve yourself.  It is worth noting that due to the high demand within hospitals, many doctors – both expats and local – have found themselves overwhelmed and highly fatigued within the first few months of operation. 

The language of medical instruction in Iraq is Arabic.


Information for Travelers 
Medical tourism does not occur in Iraq due to the porous quality of service provided in the country. It is recommended to get Hepatitis A and B, thyroid and meningitis vaccines prior to arrival in Iraq, in addition to yellow fever. The primary language used within hospitals is Arabic the possible exceptions being those operated in the private sector or by charities, where other languages such as English, French, Spanish and German can be heard. It is worth speaking rudimentary Arabic in order to get some service. 

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: http://moh.gov.iq


 

References:
http://www.emro.who.int/images/stories/iraq/WHO_Iraq_Situation_Report_for_Iraq_number_5_1_May_to_30_June_2018_005.pdf?ua=1&ua=1
https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2019/8/28/doctors-face-life-threatening-circumstances-as-iraqs-healthcare-system-neglected
https://www.bmj.com/company/who-we-are/case-studies/iraq-beyond-the-war/
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/909169