MP accuses gov’t of failing to pay JD250m to university hospitals

King Abdullah University Hospital
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AMMAN — Lower House Deputy Fareed Haddad said the government owes JD250 million to university hospitals across the country, and that he had received a call for help from one such hospital, the King Abdullah University Hospital, asking that the government pay off its debts to the hospital to save it from bankruptcy, Jo24 reported on Monday.اضافة اعلان

The hospital said that it may be unable to provide health services, according to the lawmaker, who also claimed that the government is pressuring the hospital’s management to not raise the issue publicly.

According to Haddad, the government owed the hospital JD130 million. It then leveraged its position to secure discounts on the amount owed three separate times, resulting in JD60–70 million the government owed the hospital. The lawmaker said the government then agreed to pay off the debt in monthly installments of JD3 million, which it failed it do.

The hospital is currently in debt and no longer able to procure laboratory materials and medicines, the deputy said.

The government owes JD50 million to public hospitals to cover the treatment of patients it referred to the hospitals, Haddad said, criticizing the government’s failure to pay university hospitals, though it did fulfill its financial obligation to 68 private hospitals.

According to the lawmaker, the government owes university hospitals a total of JD250 million, and that one such hospital is preparing to file for bankruptcy.

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