| 23 April 2024, Tuesday |

‘An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure’, says Abiad

The Director General of Rafik Hariri University Hospital, Dr. Firas Abiad said on his twitter account that the private hospitals are more flexible than the governmental hospitals, that’s why it will be able to adapt faster to the current economic crisis.

Abiad added: “Unfortunately, inequality in access to health care services will rapidly affect low-income citizens. Private hospitals and health insurance companies are preparing currently for the post-support phase.” He added that the new tariff for healthcare services will be set according to the dollar exchange rate on the black market.

“People who can afford the insurance policies, will never be affected by outages in medicine and medical supplies, and will be able to receive healthcare services in private hospitals,” Abiad said.

Abiad added that citizens with low incomes, are obliged to resort to governmental hospitals. However, amid the absence of any assistance or support, the low tariffs set by the public hospitals will not be sufficient to sustain daily business or to purchase necessary needs.

“This health care system where the level of healthcare services varies between the rich and the poor, will leave a negative impact. Inequality and injustice feeling are a primary driver of social unrest,” said Abiad.

Abiad said that “amid the accumulated crises the country is going through, equitable access to health care may not be of much concern, but this is a big mistake, because an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”

  • Sawt Beirut International