Qatar is in top position among eight countries introducing new technology and practices in their healthcare systems, according to a study published at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH). Experts assessed the gap between the perceived requirements for the dissemination of information and the reality in each country: only in Qatar did the reality match the experts' ratings. Qatar's healthcare system is set for a major revamp in the next few years. The whole healthcare system is expected to develop rapidly, measured by budget and the number of facilities, and see significant upgrades in terms of quality and services to patients. Nonetheless, there are several risks to our outlook for Qatar's pharmaceutical market. To the downside these include weaker-than-projected growth in the oil and gas sector, restricting the government's expansionary fiscal stance, delays to large-scale healthcare infrastructure projects and a widespread preference for Arab medical professionals over highly skilled expatriates. Upside risks include higher-than-expected private consumption on the back of a larger public wage bill and greater influx of foreign workers in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.