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14. Lebanon > Health

Recent figures show that there are 160 hospitals in Lebanon. The government recently announced that investment in health care was a priority.

In 2006, Lebanon spent approximately 11.3 per cent of its total budget on healthcare (up from 7.8 per cent in 2000), accounting for 44.3 per cent of all healthcare spending. Total expenditure on healthcare equated to 8.8 per cent of the country's GDP. Per capita expenditure on health was approximately US$494.
Figures for 2000-07 show that there are 8,440 physicians (24 per 10,000 population), 4,720 nurses and midwives (13 per 10,000 population) and 3,260 dentists. There are 34 hospital beds per 10,000 population.
According to the latest WHO figures, in 2006, 100 per cent of the population had access to improved drinking water. In the same year, 100 per cent of the urban population and 87 per cent of the rural population had access to improved sanitation.
Average life expectancy is 62 years. The infant mortality rate in 2007 was 26 per 1,000 live births. The child mortality rate (under 5 years) was 29 per 1,000 live births. (Source: WHO, 2009)

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