In this picture taken Thursday, March 3, 2016, a doctor checks a patient with respiratory difficulties at a hospital in Beirut. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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The head of the main private hospitals' syndicate warned Sunday that facilities will soon begin charging patients the cost of the increase in power bills if the caretaker government does not immediately intervene.Haroun said the association calculated the cost of the hike in electricity bills in hospitals to be LL66,000 ($44) per day per bed, an amount hospitals are considering charging patients on top of their hospitalization bills. If the decision were to be implemented, it would affect all patients, whether privately insured or covered by the National Social Security Fund or the Health Ministry, Haroun said.Haroun said hospitals charge each patient LL90,000 on average to cover nonmedical expenses of food, nursing services, maintenance and cleaning. As with all industries around the country, hospitals rely heavily on privately owned power generators for their daily operations.
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