Doctor Emile Bitar, the road to the future of Lebanon
Accomplishments as Health Minister
Emile Bitar's Biography
Tributes and Testimonials
Youth Government 1970-1972
Accomplishments as Health Minister
Emile Bitar's book, The Health Care Case in Lebanon,
The Democratic Party (1969-1976)
History of Medicine in Lebanon
Humanist, doctor, professor of medicine
Emile Bitar's legacy and vision for the future of Lebanon
Dr Emile Bitar Hospital in Batroun
Emile Bitar Foundation
Photo Gallery
Site contents and map

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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