Middle East health care in context.Byline: Josie Ensor
Summary: <p>Stacked up against global powers, it's tough for Lebanon to compete, but for a country of its size it boasts some of the most advanced technological resources in the region and a great record for the quality physicians that come out of its world-class teaching hospitals. However, the country's health care scheme is not without its problems.
BEIRUT: Stacked up against global powers, it's tough for Lebanon to compete, but for a country of its size it boasts some of the most advanced technological resources in the region and a great record for the quality physicians that come out of its world-class teaching hospitals. However, the country's health care scheme is not without its problems.Aa
In the context of the Middle East, Lebanon is both winner and loser of the health game. Health is higher on the national agenda than neighboring neigh·bor
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2. A person, place, or thing adjacent to or located near another.
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v. Syria and Jordan, but the results don't always match up.Aa
A look at primary health indicators, such as doctor-to-patient ratio, shows that Jordan rates very high: for every 10,000 Jordanians there are 28 doctors and 10 nurses.Aa
In Syria, the rate is 10.9 physicians and 21.2 nurses while in Lebanon there are reportedly only 6.5 physicians for every 10,000 people, according to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. 2008 World Health Organization figures.Aa
The 2009 Arab Human Development report The Arab Human Development Report is published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Description
Arab Human Development Report was first published in 1999 and, since, additional AHDRs were released each year following the 2002 AHDR. , meanwhile, shows despite its high government health expenditure at 12 percent per capita [Latin, By the heads or polls.] A term used in the Descent and Distribution of the estate of one who dies without a will. It means to share and share alike according to the number of individuals. , Lebanon scores in the bottom half for infant mortality (hardware) infant mortality - It is common lore among hackers (and in the electronics industry at large) that the chances of sudden hardware failure drop off exponentially with a machine's time since first use (that is, until the relatively distant time at which enough mechanical and life expectancy Life Expectancy
1. The age until which a person is expected to live.
2. The remaining number of years an individual is expected to live, based on IRS issued life expectancy tables. at birth. These health indicators for primary health care show some discrepancies between the amount spent on care and the quality received. According to the report, the country's infant mortality rate infant mortality rate
The ratio of the number of deaths in the first year of life to the number of live births occurring in the same population during the same period of time. is 27 of every 10,000 live births, while Jordan's is 22, Syria's 13, and Bahrain's just a third of Lebanon's, at 9.Aa
The main health care provider in Jordan is the public sector, which is complemented by private health care and international organizations such as UNRWA UNRWA United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East . The developing country's health care service has dramatically improved over the last two decades, which has placed it among the top ten countries in reducing infant mortality. Sixty-nine percent of Jordanians receive free health care, due to their status as public sector employees or their dependants. In comparison, the figure currently signed up with the NSSF NSSF National Shooting Sports Foundation
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Salam Homoud, a Jordanian citizen and a regular visitor to Lebanon, has had experience of the Jordanian health care system since his mother fell ill three years ago.Aa
"We are privately insured and the hospital we use is spectacular. It's clean, modern and the doctors are great. Some people say the government hospitals are not as good, but I think they are."Aa
Jordan attracts health tourists from around the world to undergo routine operations at a cheaper price than in their home country, with many visitors from northern Africa in particular.Aa
Lebanon's neighbor Syria, whose government health expenditure rests at just 6.8 percent of GDP GDP (guanosine diphosphate): see guanine. , enjoys a slightly higher life expectancy and a lower rate of infant mortality than Lebanon, whose output is greater. The country's ruling Baath Party The Arab Socialist Ba'th Party (also spelled Baath or Ba'ath; Arabic: حزب البعث العربي الاشتراكي) was founded in 1945 as a left-wing, secular has previously placed an emphasis on health care, but funding levels haven't kept up with demand or maintained quality, leaving its overall health care rating low compared to the region.Aa
Lebanon's Ministry of Health recently won a battle with pharmaceutical companies to lower the price of medicine: where companies were once making a 75 percent profit government intercession intercession,
n a prayer in which a request is made on behalf of another person. means it is now as low as 45 percent. Medication above the $10 bracket, as stipulated by new legislation, can now be purchased in the country at a cost-cutting price.Aa
However, some say the current price of pharmaceuticals, particularly psychiatric medicine, is still too costly. Dr Jamal Hafez, Head of Psychiatry at Dar al-Ajaza al-Islamia Hospital, says people are often forced to buy their medicine from neighboring Syria. " [If] a box of medication here costs close to $200, in Syria it is closer to $50," Hafez says, meaning people have little alternative.
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