Jordan's Minister of Health, Abdul Latif Wreikat, has called for immediate action to solve the problem of outstanding medical bills owed by Libyans.
Jordanian hospitals are reportedly feeling the strain due to the delay in the Libyan government's payment of more than JD120 million ($168 million) in patients' bills.
The minister said hospitals are being burdened by the debt and the Libyan government should pay at least 25 per cent of the total outstanding dues, so that hospitals that are in financial difficulty can operate and continue to provide services.
Wreikat added that Jordan trusts the Libyan government's commitment to settle the bills of Libyans who received treatment in the Kingdom, but some hospitals cannot handle any further delay.
Stressing that his country is committed to settling the bills, Izzel Din Ruz, the Libyan chargé d'affaires in Amman, said some details related to the issue need to be discussed.
Approximately 60,000 Libyan patients came to Jordan in the aftermath of the North African country's revolution last year.
(Source: Jordan Times)