Jordan halts free treatment for Syrian refugees

2014-11-26

Reporting by Faris Al Rifai; Writing by Yusra Ahmed

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Another shock to Syrian refugees in Jordan after ceasing the food vouchers few weeks ago. The Jordanian Government cancelled all decisions in regard to free treatment in the Ministry of Health’s hospitals and clinics. Syrians used to be treated via the health Insurance system; all they needed to do was showing the documents of the United Nations Higher Council for refugees (UNHCR).

The Jordanian Minister of Health said that decision was issued by the cabinet and had been implemented, as Syrians would be charged directly without any mediators.

The Minister confirmed that Ministry of Health still had JOD.34 Million unpaid charges for treating Syrians, from donors and international organization.

UNHCR has not commented on the decision yet, despite it put huge financial pressure of Syrian refugees, who cannot even afford for their food, and raise worries about the fate of children who make more than half of patients visiting health facilities of the Ministry of Health.

Donors who lag in paying charges for Syrians hold the majority of responsibility for the situation they put fragile Syrian refugees in.

Source: Zaman alwasl.

Link: https://www.zamanalwsl.net/en/news/7697.html.

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