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.”
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.