BEIRUT, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The Syndicate of Hospitals in Lebanon announced on Tuesday that Lebanese hospitals will only receive critical cases amid financial difficulties.
"We are forced to limit immediately the number of patients received by hospitals to emergency cases only, especially patients who are in need for dialysis and chemotherapy," Sleiman Haroun, president of the syndicate, told a press conference briefing on the difficulties faced by the Lebanese hospitals.
Haroun said that some hospitals will definitely have to close some of their departments within a period of three weeks if they fail to find proper solutions for the financial problem with the government.
The hospital sector in Lebanon has been suffering due to the appreciation of U.S. dollar exchange rate against the Lebanese pound, as most of the products and materials used by the hospitals are imported.
Haroun previously announced that private hospitals in Lebanon are suffering from a severe yearly deficit amounting to 70 billion Lebanese pounds (about 46 million U.S. dollars).
The hospitals owed around 1.3 billion dollars in total to the government, the National Social Security Fund and military health funds.