Palestinian refugees protest against UNRWA over modified health insurance plan


palestinians protes againt UNRWAPalestinian refugees protested Thursday   against the  United Nations Relief and Works Agency  (UNRWA) across over their controversial health insurance plan and shut down several  of their offices.

National News Agency said that UNRWA offices were shut down in the northern city of Tripoli, in addition to  in the Ain El Hilweh and Mieh Mieh refugee camps in the south.

In the past months, Palestinians in many of the 12 refugee camps across Lebanon have been protesting UNRWA healthcare reforms.

Since Jan. 1, Palestinian refugees have been required to pay a co-payment of 5 percent if they receive treatment at a Palestinian Red Crescent hospital, 15 percent at a government hospital, and 20 percent at a private hospital. Previously, health care was completely  free at all three types of institutions.

However, UNRWA argues that this isn’t a cut in service as more funding is now directed toward other areas, including expanded coverage for complex surgery and long-term care. The relief agency now covers 60 percent of tertiary care expenses, up from 50 percent, to a ceiling of $5,000, up from $4,200. They say this shift represents changing health care needs. While many Palestinians believe these changes to the health plan  are part of a bigger plan to cut much-needed aid.



5 responses to “Palestinian refugees protest against UNRWA over modified health insurance plan”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    IF it was ‘free’ there, WHY wasn’t it free in Tripoli for Tripolians (Lebanese).????? They have to buy their own insurance plans, or come up with 100% cash ahead of treatment. You’re bitching ??
    NOTHING IS FREE !! Somebody has to be working and paying for it somewhere, or you don’t get ANY. PERIOD.
    And the way it’s going, there’s no longer enough workers (in the world) to pay for ALL you think you deserve from a shitty life.
    Believe it or not, folks … we’re all on the same planet together, and society only ‘wins’ with contributions.
    AND that includes the pocket-weight of making refugees ALL THE TIME.
    Go do some bitching in Beirut … Won’t be much sympathy from a Tripolian who’s starving and out of work.

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      What are you an Israeli activist? How you compare Tripoli to UNRWA, responsable for Palestinian refugees since the creation of Israel in 1948, 750.000 fled to neighbouring countries, 912.000 to Gaza?

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