Foreigners living in Qatar and visitors to the country were initially supposed to be covered by the plan this year. But currently, Seha, which launched in August 2013, only covers the local Qatari population.
The announcement appears to mean that effective next week, all Qataris who have been benefitting from the national healthcare scheme will no longer be able to use it until a different system is worked out.
Plans have now been postponed for at least 18 months to allow the National Health Insurance Company (NHIC) to try to tackle some of the many problems the implementation of the scheme has raised, including overcrowding at private hospitals.
The new healthcare scheme, which aims to provides health insurance coverage to all residents and visitors by 2015, has gotten off to a strong start by covering all Qataris, but some hospitals have been struggling with the influx of patients.