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Hence, hospitals can best reflect the several deficiencies in Lebanon's health sector. While the latest World Bank data revealed that Lebanon's health spending and transfers were estimated at $3.12 billion in 2014, hospital care spending hit the $1.3 billion mark, which is almost 40.3 percent of the total health bill and 2.8 percent of the GDP.According to the latest national health accounts in 2012, the ministry allocated $287 million (23 percent of the total hospitalization bill) to private and public hospitals with the former grasping 80 percent of the budget. Households came second with a share of 21.8 percent ($272 million) and were followed by each of the National Social Security Fund contributing to 16.9 percent of the bill, the private insurance companies (15.0 percent), the Army (8.7 percent) and the Civil Servants Cooperative (6.8 percent). These households are usually treated at the expense of the Health Ministry at both private and public hospitals. Worth noting, the Health Ministry allocates a yearly budget per hospital to admit uninsured patients, upon discretion of the health minister. State hospitals, constituting near 18.6 percent of total hospitals (24 public hospitals) mainly suffer from three types of problems: managerial, financial and political.In fact, patients have the option of receiving medical services at public hospitals for a 5 percent contribution of the bill versus a higher payment of 15 percent at private hospitals.
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