File - People stand in front of the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The National Social Security Fund Wednesday threatened to revoke the contracts with hospitals if they refuse to abide by the rates of medical supplies that the beneficiaries of the fund are charged.Over 1.2 million Lebanese are covered by the NSSF and this represent nearly one-third of the patients admitted to the hospitals each year.Karaki said that a few years ago, the NSSF had agreed to revise the prices of pharmaceutical products and medications to be in line with the current prices.The NSSF has financial observers in every main hospital in the country to guarantee that these hospitals are fully abiding with the contracts.Karaki said the cost of sickness at the NSSF has risen from LL400 billion ($266.6 million) two years ago to nearly LL600 billion this year after the fund agreed to revise upward the prices of certain pharmaceutical items and medications. Haroun rejected the warning of the NSSF to the hospitals because the fund should return to the joint committee to discuss this issue.
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