Stakeholders react to Jordanian-Libyan committee on hospital debt

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His Majesty King Abdullah meets with the Libyan premier earlier this week. (Photo: Royal Court)
AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday received the prime minister of Libya's National Unity Government Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh at Al Husseiniya Palace, where they discussed, among other things, a possible committee to address Libyan hospital debt in Jordan.اضافة اعلان

In the meeting, the King and the visiting premier agreed to form a joint ministerial committee to reach an understanding and resolve debts owed to Jordanian hospitals by the Libyan government.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Al-Safadi, and Director of His Majesty's Office Jafar Hassan.

President of the Jordan Private Hospitals Association, Fawzi Hammouri, told Jordan News that hospital owners "hope to see the dues paid to private hospitals, but until now we do not know when that will happen.”

He pointed out that His Majesty has shown interest in the debt issue, which involves some $150 million in total, noting that these debts had accumulated over the years and become a major problem for private hospitals.

The Director-General of Jordan Hospital Abdullah Al-Bashir said: "We need this debt to be paid as soon as possible. Jordan received Libyan patients, including those wounded in conflict, and treated them under very difficult circumstances, and we bore great burdens.” He noted that his hospital is owed some $5 million that accumulated over seven years.

Bashir said that the debt has had its toll on the rights of doctors, nurses, and companies supplying medical supplies. He also stated that Libyan patients were admitted to the hospital without being asked to pay any down payments, and that they were provided with the best possible services, and “we expect the Libyan side to act in good faith in return.”

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