According to a study by the World Bank, 50% of the Lebanese population is likely to find themselves living below the poverty line by 2020.
With the worsening situation, at every level, especially economically, a major hospital in Lebanon took a compassionate initiative to start receiving patients without medical insurance.
LAU Medical Center- Rizk Hospital in Ashrafieh, a leading academic medical facility, launched its initiative under its ongoing “Act of Compassion Campaign” in an effort to assist medically the Lebanese people during these trying times.
“Act of compassion, two beautiful words that resonate so well with our mission,” said Joseph Jabbra, President of LAU University.
This is not a first with the Lebanese American University.
This new initiative comes now to help those struggling with financial issues and have no national social security coverage or medical insurance policy.
Every Saturday, LAU Medical Center – RH opens its doors to welcome people from 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM for general checkups.
As of February 1st, an Outpatient Primary Care Dispensary will be also available to patients without medical coverage.
The consultation will be as low as 10,000 LBP. The Center does not take walk-ins, so it is required to book an appointment ahead of time. The center also requires that patients present their Lebanese ID.
This comes at a time when the Medical sector itself is also suffering gravely, doctors and hospitals’ employees are revolting, and the Lebanese revolution is at full power.
The LAU Medical center is putting all efforts possible to help. The management team stated: “Compassion is the way we demonstrate care and concern toward our patients, their families, and our colleagues.”