Birthing tourism big in Santiago
Public hospitals in Santiago have to set aside 25-30% of their annual budget to service Haitian mothers coming to give birth, and to treat Haitian patients, who usually enter without legal documents. Johnny Lama of the Jose Maria Cabral y Baez Regional Hospital, the largest public hospital in Santiago said that on average the undocumented Haitians make up a third of the births at the hospital. He said that the doctors’ main complaint is that the women come from Haiti with a lot of complications, such as anemia due to malnourishment, and need to be kept under observation. He said what is spent on the Haitians is double what it costs to treat a pregnant Dominican woman. “They come from Haiti without a hospital referral. They do not have a previous clinical history and arrive with many complications,” he told Listin Diario. He said that when they come many were tests needed because they usually have many health problems. He said that the rule is that regardless of whether or not they are legal or have papers, or are foreigners or Dominicans, they receive the same care as Dominicans.
He said that when the baby is born, a foreigner document is issued.
A spokesperson for the city’s Arturo Grullon pediatric hospital told the newspaper that 25% of their budget goes on treatment for Haitian children, again, most arriving from Haiti with their parents seeking the free services.
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