File - The head of the order, Antoine Boustany, center, heads a meeting at the Lebanese Order of Physicians in Beirut, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir )
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The head of the Lebanese Order of Physicians Antoine Boustany rejected Thursday any bid to license new medical schools, citing the already high doctor-to-citizen ratio.The number of graduating doctors entering the Lebanese labor market has reached 350 per year, Boustany said, noting that 4,581 doctors in Beirut registered with the order between 2000 and 2014 . Noting a World Health Organization study showing that ideally there would be one doctor for every 1,200 citizens, Boustany revealed that in Lebanon, there is one doctor for every 350 citizens. Describing the requests for new permits as a "new phenomenon," Boustany used a sarcastic tone to warn that the increase in competition between health institutions and doctors is bad for both the profession and public health.
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