Lebanon ends medicine subsidies, furthering suffering

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Lebanon’s Ministry of Public Health began lifting medication subsidies on Tuesday, putting more financial pressure on some of the country’s most vulnerable citizens. Health Minister Firass Abiad announced last week that subsidies on medication used to treat common, chronic conditions would be lifted gradually. New prices for heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure medicines were revealed on Monday. Pharmacists began implementing the new prices the next day. The price of some drugs has increased five or six fold as a result. “I would say 90 per cent of parents asking for baby fo…

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