| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

The disaster is near.. Hospitals ran out of fuel

The crisis is getting harder on the hospital sector at various levels, perhaps the most dangerous of which is the loss of fuel oil.

The head of the union, Suleiman Haroun, indicated to Al Markaziya that “the difficulty in securing diesel is still the same and the disaster is near, and all hospitals are raising their voice because their stock has run out.” He added: “We are seeking to solve the problem, but the Zahrani refinery does not deliver fuel, but in Tripoli, we got a promise to deliver the material tomorrow. We also communicate with private companies, but it is difficult for them to deliver.”

Regarding medical supplies, Haroun explained that “the problem is still taking place, and every day new items are billed for the unsupported price, including goods that are used frequently and daily, which increases the cost of hospitalization and is reflected in a rise in bills, causing the patient to have huge differences, which not everyone can afford.” . And what we had previously feared about the poor’s inability to enter the hospital began to happen.” He added: “As for the shaded materials or what is known as the “colored needle” used for some radiographic examinations and for cardiac thymography operations, they are still not available, which poses a great danger to patients, especially if one of them arrives at the hospital suffering from a heart condition that exposes him to the risk of death.”

As for the tendency of private insurance companies to agree with hospitals to set the prices of health policies in dollars and charge them in fresh currency, Haroun pointed out that “we have not yet reached an agreement and negotiations are continuing. The union’s board of directors will meet tomorrow to take a decision on the issue of tariffs. However, improving prices will not solve the problem, and saying that private hospitals can compensate with insurance companies for the applicable tariffs with official guarantors is incorrect because the percentage of patients who enter the hospital at the expense of private insurance does not exceed 10% of the total patients, therefore even if an agreement is reached. Tariffs with insurance companies take into account the high exchange rate of the dollar, but this will not be enough to cover the low prices of the official guarantors. This percentage will decline if the price of the policies is paid in fresh dollars, knowing that the percentage of insured persons in areas outside Beirut is much lower.”

  • Sawt Beirut International