The Head of the Syndicate of Private Hospitals Sleiman Haroun said that the financial crisis and the difficulty in securing medical equipment have forced hospitals to take escalating measure and reduce the number of patients admitting hospitals.
Haroun said during a TV interview: “Some hospitals adopted quota for patients coming from guarantors, such as the National Social Security Fund, Ministry of Public Health, and military forces.”
Lebanon is dealing with its largest peacetime economic and financial crisis, were an all-inclusive collapse is inching closer, and citizens solely are bearing the cost, amid the official’s lack of responsibility.
In the same context, Member of Parliament Assem Araji said that country’s health sector is struggling, were strict and quick measures should be taken to resolve the hurdles, and avoid the total collapse that we have warned about. The market is witnessing a shortage in a wide range of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.
Araji considered that pharmaceuticals are available in the warehouses, but the importing companies refuse to release them before obtaining prior approval from the Central Bank. The latter is suspicious about the bills submitted by importers and asking for auditing it, especially that the amounts during the last five months have reached $900 million, at the time the country consumes annually $1.1 billion of subsidized medicine.