“Our situation is crucial – hospitals are heading toward closure,” a billboard reads in Beirut, June 14, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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Lebanon has 121 private hospitals with 12,578 beds, and 32 public hospitals with 2,653 beds -- a split of roughly 4-to-1, private to public.The hospitals, Haroun said, are owed some $1.3 billion in total from the government, the National Social Security Fund and military health funds.NSSF Director Mohammad Karaki concurred that there was still a backlog in payments from his fund. However, he told The Daily Star that the NSSF had in recent years paid all of its dues to private hospitals on time.Khalil told The Daily Star that the transfer had been signed off Friday and so should reach the hospitals next week.Even if all outstanding government dues for 2018 are transferred, the bulk of the $1.3 billion owed to private hospitals over many years would still be outstanding.
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