File - Wael Abu Faour speaks during an interview in Beirut, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said Monday that the government would honor its overdue payments to hospitals by issuing treasury bonds, proposing that the National Social Security Fund increase its reimbursements in line with a price cut on medication.The minister said the government owed hospitals an estimated $80 million incurred by paying the medical expenses of citizens covered under the NSSF and other poor people who do not qualify for the fund.Some of pharmacists only used to take half of their share, allowing patients to hand in their bill to the NSSF based on the original price".He also said he proposed that the NSSF increase its coverage in line with the price reduction.
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