The bill of the medical aid offered to the injured and ill Syrian refugees
magnified to reach one million dollars per month, while the Lebanese government
is solely covering it, without receiving any help from international bodies. This
has driven PM Najib Mikati to take the decision to suspend this health care
coverage until it is reorganized.
Social Affairs Minister Wael Abou Faour stressed that the government’s
decision is irreversible, noting that Mikati is preparing a new mechanism
because of the mismanagement of the case.
Abou Faour told LBCI that he called Mikati who informed him that the High
Relief Commission (HRC) will keep receiving emergency cases until next
Wednesday, when a meeting with the commission will be held to find a solution
for the mismanagement that took place.
For his part, the advisor to the Prime Minister Fares
Gemayel told LBCI that the decision of PM Miakti is temporary, stressing that
exceptions will be limited since the Lebanese government is unable to bear the
In this context, around 1200 Syrian refugees benefitted from
full medical care coverage and were given advantage over the Lebanese patients.
The HRC realized that this issue turned into “hospital
tourism”, where many Syrians came to Lebanon to perform surgeries or to give
Awaiting the new mechanism preventing violations and abuse
and awaiting the results of contacts with international bodies, PM Najib Mikati
gave his instructions to the HRC to cover the expenses of emergency cases.
For the full LBCI report, please watch the video above