Healthcare in Lebanon articles

Health care services intact but compromised

Health care services intact but compromised

In Lebanon, as in virtually all other countries around the globe, health has in 2020 been catapulted to the top spot of social concern after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. To assess the correlation between the pandemic, national governance, the economic and liquidity crises, and the overall state of public health in Lebanon, Executive

The cost of quality diagnosis

Operating a high-end diagnostic center in Lebanon may be  life saving, commendable and personally rewarding, but the financial returns are unlikely to match those from a plastic surgery outfit.  Imbalances in the public and private sector reimbursement systems for diagnostic exams have distorted yields, conclude the partners of Doctors Center Radiology (DCR), a $10 million

Connecting care

The venture was conceived to solve a problem of medical claims management for several Lebanese insurers in 1991, right after the country’s civil war ended. Today, GlobeMed Group has 800 employees, is active in 12 markets and is hungry for more.  The Beirut-based third-party administrator (TPA), known until last year as MedNet Liban in its

Waiting for life

Twenty-one-year-old Peter Dagher has a rare type of leukemia, a form of blood cancer, and he needs a donor of hematopoietic stem cells (often referred to as bone marrow) for the treatment of his life-threatening disease. Members of his family don’t match and nor do his friends, and Lebanon does not have a national registry

Medical tourism keeps growing

The phrase “medical tourism in Lebanon” conjures for many the idea of visitors from the Gulf sitting in cafés and waiting for nose jobs. In reality, plastic surgery makes up only a small percentage of the country’s international patients’ needs. Eighty-five percent of foreigners who seek treatment in Lebanon do so for other medical reasons,

Stem cells: worth banking on?

Between an executive order from United States President Barack Obama in 2009 and a papal endorsement in 2011, stem cell science has reached the forefront of medical research and is revolutionizing healthcare. Not surprisingly, the stem cell wave has reverberated in Lebanon, and the Bsalim-based Middle East Institute of Health (MEIH) is looking to take

Licensed to slice

You see them everywhere in Lebanon: the women whose faces look as tight as a 20-year-old’s until their wrinkled hands betray them as septuagenarians; the television presenters whose upper lips lump to one side; and all those cute, celestial noses! As you walk down the street you see dozens of faces, male and female, all

Healthcare the American way

A cornerstone of the renewal of the Lebanese healthcare industry is a series of investments in hospitals, paradigmatic among which is the project to expand and improve the medical center at the American University of Beirut (AUBMC). First announced two years ago in April 2011, ground was broken on the project last autumn. Construction is

Danger awaits an unhealthy sector

The maxim in approaching the Lebanese healthcare “system” today appears to be simple: do not upset the patient. Keeping calm with strict bed rest can be a good short-term rule in caring for an acute heart condition or explosive backache. But for solving the Lebanese healthcare condition of ‘chronic dysfunctional systemitis’ (that disease newly discovered