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Social Protection in Lebanon

Less than half of Lebanon’s population benefits from at least one type of health insurance (44.9 percent), while 53.3 percent of Lebanese residents go without any sort of health insurance. Of those who do have health insurance, almost a quarter (23.4 percent) are covered by the National Social Security Fund (CNSS), 9.0 percent by health services provided by the Army and the Internal Security Forces, and 4.3 percent by the Civil Servants’ Cooperative.

Maternity leave is seven weeks, on full pay, and is remunerated by social security networks and the employer. The laws concerning sick leave benefits have not yet been implemented.

There is an old age benefit, consisting of a lump sum for those who reach the age of 64 and have been employed for at least twenty years in industry, commerce, or agriculture. There is no old age benefit for temporary workers or the self-employed. There are also survivor benefits (if the deceased was covered by this insurance) and disability benefits (50 percent of the last salary, if certain conditions are met). Employees may take part in an insurance scheme covering medical costs (and sometimes their families). Civil servants and teachers have their own social security system, which is more favourable than the general system. (See also Legal framework)

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