File - The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) building is seen in Beirut, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The head of the Association of Private Hospitals defended the performance of Lebanon's hospitals Tuesday, accusing state administrators of hindering the sector.Hospitals are legally required to provide any emergency treatment until a patient's life is secured, but the amount owed by the ministry for covering such treatment was haphazardly reduced by 30 percent because of "the lack of money," Haroun said.He said that state institutions owed Lebanese private hospitals a total of $866 million, of which more than $333 million was due from the National Social Security Fund alone.Abu Four denied after Monday's meeting that the recent price decrease for some medication had led to the NSSF covering less of the cost, forcing citizens to pay more.
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