BEIRUT: Health Minister Wael Abu Faour announced Wednesday that the Health Ministry would cover most of the cost for medical implants, stressing that there should be no additional charge to patients.
“The Health Ministry will cover 95 percent of the bills of medical implants in public hospitals and 85 percent of the bills in private facilities,” Abu Faour said, calling on patients to refrain from paying any additional cost to hospitals or physicians.
Abu Faour explained that the new procedure is applicable to all implants carried out since Jan. 1.
“The decision covers implants in orthopedic and cardiac surgeries, which cost huge amounts of money and place tremendous expenses on patients,” the minister said.
He said the step also aimed to deter corruption and “abuse of patients” by brokers who import the implants and by certain unethical doctors who tarnish the reputation of the medical field.
Abu Faour urged patients to inform the ministry about “any violation of the decision.”