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Funding crisis a danger for LWF hospital in Jerusalem

Recent emergency donations from the ELCA and other church groups are helping the Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem overcome a financial crisis.

Since February the hospital hasn’t received an average of $300,000 a month in insurance payments from the Palestinian Authority National Insurance System, said Tawfiq Nasser, Augusta Victoria’s chief executive officer.

The insurance system has had to forfeit on payment for medical services it contracted with the hospital because the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority isn’t receiving international aid and the Israeli government is withholding tax dollars, Nasser said.

While the hospital continues to treat patients, it’s having problems meeting payroll and paying for medical supplies. Nasser fears medical suppliers will stop extending them credit.


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