Suleiman Haroun, the head of the Association of Private Hospitals, speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The head of the Association of Private Hospitals defended the performance of Lebanon's hospitals Tuesday, accusing state administrations of hindering the sector.Hospitals are legally required to provide any emergency treatment until the patient's life is secured, but the costs due on the ministry were randomly reduced by 30 percent on the excuse 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 of some medications had led to the NSSF covering less of the cost, forcing citizens to pay more.
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