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Global Snapshots - Lebanon: healthcare advanced yet still inaccessible

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0306210a (Published 01 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:0306210a
  1. Smitha Mundasad, medical student intercalating in international health1
  1. 1University College London

Before 1975, Lebanon boasted one of the region's most developed economies. Beirut was the financial centre of the Middle East and home to some of the region's leading health services and medical institutions. The violent civil war, which spanned 16 years, caused enormous problems. In addition was a 22 year occupation of the south by Israel, which ended only three years ago.

The war led to the closure of most state health centres and triggered the expansion of the private sector. The healthcare sector is now dominated by ambulatory care, mostly provided by private medical practitioners and to a small …

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