This page will list and briefly describe Dr Emile Bitar's main accomplishments
during his tenure as Heath Minister, beginning with his very first decision, the abolition of the certificate of indigence
(chahadat foukr el hal), to his last moves aimed at breaking the monopolies of the pharmaceutical industry importers.
We will analyze the establishment of the National Health Security on February
1st 1971, (Assurance Maladie) and the series of obstacles Dr Bitar had to overcome in order to make it a success. We will describe the prevention policies put in place, the creation of blood banks, the
founding of the National Nursing School, the opening of several new hospitals and medical facilities in rural areas throughout
Lebanon, the 24 hour / 7days a week policy that Emile Bitar enforced in public hospitals, the continuing education programs
created for Health professionals, the founding of the National Bureau of Medicine, the creation of the Carnet de SantÚ
(Personal Health Care Bulletin), the efforts to improve the situation of paramedics, the new policies for Emergency
Rooms, and the reform of the administrative structure of the Health Ministry.
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