Palestinians protest in front of the UNRWA offices in Beirut, Monday, June 15, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A 50-year-old Palestinian man, Mohammad Moh, died Tuesday from medical complications after confusion in accessing emergency treatment, following adjustments to UNRWA's health care coverage.Camp residents said that Moh first went to UNRWA for medical assistance, which then referred him to Balsam clinic in Rashidieh, a hospital supported by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, rather than a government hospital.The clinic, however, was unable to treat Moh's condition and quickly advised him to seek treatment at Hiram hospital, a private run facility in the district of Tyre. UNRWA has recently changed their health care policy, which now requires Palestinian refugees to pay a portion of their expenses for primary care. Those who seek treatment at private hospitals have to pay 20 percent of their costs while those who visit government hospitals must cover 15 percent of their expenses.
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