File - Palestinians protest in front of the UNRWA offices in Beirut, Monday, June 15, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Palestinian factions Thursday threatened to escalate protests against UNRWA if their demands for revising the agency's new health policy were not met.Palestinian refugees have been protesting against a new health care policy introduced by UNRWA at the beginning of the year.The new policy concerns coverage plans for Palestinians, who now have to pay a share of medical costs for referral treatments, known as secondary care. As of Jan. 1, refugees have been required to pay 5 percent of referral care costs if they receive treatment from a Palestinian Red Crescent hospital, 15 percent if from a government hospital and 20 percent if from a private hospital. The relief agency now covers 60 percent of tertiary-care expenses, up from 10 percent under the old rules.
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