Around 1.8 million citizens are without health insurance, according to MP Ibrahim Kanaan, head of Parliament’s Finance and Budget Committee. His comments followed a meeting that discussed how to achieve full coverage of the country’s citizens.
“We need reforms and this requires political will,” MP Kanaan said in a news conference. “We can’t agree on laws any more without knowing the full cost of things.”
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Finding the money to cover the population could be tricky, however, as national debt is now reportedly around 150% of GDP. Standards & Poor’s recently reported that the debt will continue to rise until at least 2021, although it added that cash flow into the country remained solid and maintained its B-/B long- and short-term sovereign credit ratings on Lebanon.
MP Kanaan said his committee is set to hear proposals next week on how to provide coverage and how much it will cost.