Kanaan: Comprehensive Health Coverage Shouldn't Be from People's Pocket

Head of the Finance and Budget Parliamentary Committee MP Ibrahim Kanaan said on Monday that all Lebanese citizens must have health medical coverage, stressing that medical expenses must not be paid from their “own pockets.”

“There are 1.8 million Lebanese nationals who have no health coverage. Health coverage must not be paid from the pockets of citizens,” said Kanaan after the committee meeting.

A health card enables people to be provided with the adequate hospitalization services.

“The ministries of health and finance have been requested to provide the full cost of issuing health cards,” added the MP, noting that the figures of the study will be presented at the next committee meeting.

On the general economic and financial situation, Kanaan said the committee will convene next week in the presence of ministers of finance and economy, and representatives from the Central Bank and the Association of Banks of Lebanon to come out with a “clear vision on the required reforms.”

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