Lebanon

Information for Patients
Healthcare in Lebanon is divided between private and public healthcare and is available to all Lebanese citizens. Lebanon has a high percentage of Palestinian refugees from the earlier creation of the State of Israel and an influx of Syrians from the ongoing conflict. As such, refugees are treated by the numerous NGOs and UN agencies which operate within the country. Quality of healthcare in Lebanon depends greatly on regional distribution, with the best quality found in cities like Beirut and Jounieh with average quality in the north but poorer standards in the south and Bekka Valley. As the public service tends to be slow and bureaucratic, many opt for the private sector due to the high quality they provide which is on par with Europe and the USA.


Information for Health Care Professionals
Graduation from an accredited university is compulsory for practicing in Lebanon. Please check with the relevant Lebanese medical societies in order to understand the requirements needed to practice within the country. It should be noted that degrees and credentials from the United States and France are particularly favoured when practicing in Lebanon

It is worth noting that while Arabic is the official language of the country, doctors’ practice in either English or French depending on affiliation. Please check the affiliation of the hospital in order to understand the needed language requirements. 


Information for Travelers 
Lebanon receives its fair share of medical tourism in particular for plastic surgery which the country is very famous for within the Middle East. Vaccinations are not required prior to entry but it is recommended to get Hepatitis A and Thyroid vaccinations prior to arrival. The official language of Lebanon is Arabic; however, many doctors speak either French or English fluently.

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://www.moph.gov.lb/en 


 

References:
https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/12/10/lebanon-hospital-crisis-endangering-health
https://www.executive-magazine.com/special-report/a-look-into-lebanons-healthcare
https://www.who.int/countries/lbn/en/
https://www.npr.org/2020/02/09/800410394/amid-lebanons-economic-crisis-the-countrys-health-care-system-is-ailing
https://www.moph.gov.lb/en/Pages/131/3932/health-system-and-reform-in-lebanon#/en/view/18162/the-collaborative-governance-of-lebanons-health-sector