Lebanon hosts more than 470,000 Palestine refugees, of whom over 50 per cent live in 12 Palestine refugee camps. They face employment restrictions, and work permits are prohibitively expensive, leading to protracted financial dependence. They are also ineligible for the state’s social services, including health care, and are exposed to recurrent episodes of violence.
Access to health care for Palestine refugees is provided only by the private sector, which has high fees, or by international organizations, including UNRWA. We operate 28 primary health care facilities, providing nearly 931,000 general consultations and over 23,000 dental screening consultations each year.
In Lebanon alone, UNRWA has formed an arrangement with Palestine Red Crescent Society hospitals to guarantee equity for Palestine refugees in access to secondary health care. In all other fields, a reimbursement scheme is in place for secondary and tertiary care.