Lebanon is a small country that was devastated by a civil war that lasted fifteen years. Though it ended in 1990, most of the developmental projects planned during the last 30 years have failed to be fully implemented due to a corrupt political system. The healthcare system in Lebanon was one of the most affected establishments, and continues to be destabilized by the huge number of Syrian refugees entering the country since 2012.
Recently, the country is facing the worst ever economic crisis since its independence in 1948.More than 50% of the Lebanese people are not medically insured and are under the coverage of the Ministry of Health (MOH). Those who are employed benefit from the National Social Service Fund until their retirement, when the majority of them become dependent on the MOH. Only a small percentage of the Lebanese have private insurances.
The MOH only operates 20 public hospitals in the country and receive a modest allocation of the total government budget (?). The Private sector dominates the healthcare system with many private hospitals scattered all over the country, including the capital city of Beirut. These hospitals provide medical care at a high cost affordable only by wealthy or insured people. Those hospitals that have a contract with the Ministry of Health (MOH) can admit a limited number of MOH patients per month with an annual financial coverage Cota (?). Life-saving policies that allow the admission of critically ill and poor patients into the emergency room does not apply to Lebanese private hospitals.
Only two governmental hospitals are in Beirut, and only one is highly qualified and equipped. This hospital also functions as a tertiary referral center for patients coming from all over the country, making it very busy, with many patients waiting for weeks to be admitted. For some, when they are finally admitted, these patients might need to wait for days before being transferred to a ward, especially in the medical and intensive care units.
We aim to alleviate the suffering of patients living in poverty who do not have access to health care centers by providing them appropriate inpatient medical care, and covering the cost of their medications and paraclinical tests on an outpatient basis.
WHO WE HELP
Lebanese patients visiting outpatient clinics or the emergency rooms of Beirut governmental hospitals’, whose admission is delayed by the lack of empty beds.
Lebanese patients visiting the Karm El Zeitoun (KEZ) dispensary located in a very poor area in Beirut: the majority of these patients are elderly and/or partially/fully abandoned by their family.
These patients will be evaluated by a team of Lebanese medical professionals who work at one of Beirut’s governmental hospitals and volunteer as consultants at the KEZ dispensary.
COMMITMENT OF A HOSPITAL
Sacré Coeur Hospital (HSC) is a private hospital located 3 km from Beirut, owned by the “Nuns of Charity”. They provide emergency, regular and intensive medical and surgical care of all specialties. Unlike many other hospitals in Lebanon, HSC is highly equipped for laboratory and radiological studies. They also have a contract with the Ministry of Health.
Sacré Coeur Hospital has agreed to allocate five beds per month for the mission's patients. These patients will be hospitalized and billed in accordance to the Ministry of Health costs.
WHAT WE DO
INPATIENT MEDICAL CARE COVERAGE
Our mission covers medical care excluding hemodialysis, chemotherapy, and surgical interventions. Patients who need to be admitted or transferred to an intensive or cardiac care unit will be covered for up to 72 hours unless the budget of the mission allows for longer coverage.
TRUSTED TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS
Our mission's trusted medical team on the ground provides primary care and consultations for our patients. The team consists of two doctors who work at HSC for each of the following specialties: Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Intensive Care, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology
OUTPATIENT MEDICATION AND PARACLINICAL TEST COVERAGE
Outpatient medications will be bought from a pharmacy dealing with KEZ dispensary at a 30% reduction in prices. Depending on the patient’s location, the laboratory and imaging studies will be done either at HSC, the Beirut governmental hospital at MOH cost, or in the medical center dealing with the KEZ dispensary at 30% reduction.