In this case, we are facing a catastrophe.

The head of the Parliamentary Health Committee, MP Assem Araji, said, “If the remaining subsidies for chronic and incurable diseases are lifted, we will be facing a health disaster, as the citizen will no longer be able to bear the burdens of the exorbitant bill for his medicines, hoping to find solutions quickly to avoid a crisis that will be added to the aggravating crises. Which throws its weight on the Lebanese,” explaining that “the delegation of the Health Committee, which met with President Najib Mikati a few days ago, wished him to reconsider the amount allocated to support medicine by raising it from 35 million dollars to 45 or 50 million dollars, i.e. an increase between 10 and 15 million dollars.” “Mikati, who told the delegation that the funds were not available, promised us to study the issue and present it to the Governor of the Banque du Liban, Riad Salameh.”

In an interview with “Kuwait News”, Araji said, “The Minister of Health, Dr. Firas Al-Abyad, cannot be held responsible for lifting the drug subsidy at a time when only 35 million dollars are available from the Banque du Liban to support the drug, which the bank said that it has no capacity more than Therefore, the Minister of Health has set priorities, i.e. incurable and cancerous diseases, dialysis drugs and medical supplies.”

He pointed out, “The Health Committee has always warned against reaching a drug crisis and difficult conditions at the medical and hospital levels, when the random support policy that was adopted and cost the treasury huge sums of money on basic materials and commodities that were smuggled outside the borders, including medicine.”

Araji considered, “Reducing subsidies for chronic diseases medicines had an impact on the poor classes, and this led to a doubling of their prices from 6 to 8 times when partial subsidies were lifted due to the fact that the matter is linked to the dollar exchange rate, which is on the rise daily, which provoked people’s anger and condemnation, and they are He is right, so is it permissible for us to tell the patient to take one pill a day instead of three, warning of the complete collapse of the hospital sector, which has become the preserve of the well-to-do.”

He believed, “The guarantor institutions can no longer face the crisis, such as health insurance and the employees’ cooperative if funds are not available to them, declaring that 60% of the Lebanese are not able to enter hospitals even if they are subject to guarantors because they bear the differences in hospitals, which in turn say that they incur additional burdens due to The high bill for medical supplies, fuel, and so on, all of which are linked to the market dollar price.

Araji pointed out that “the alternatives offered to confront the drug crisis are primary health care centers, where most types of drugs that come from the European Union are available.”

And about the drug card, he said: “Like other solutions, it remains within the framework of endeavors and wishes if funds are not available.”

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