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Emergency patients should not be charged in private clinics

Health Minister Freddy Hidalgo has confirmed that private clinics should not charge patients who arrive in emergency, whether or not they are covered by insurance. Nelsida Marmolejos, head of the Management and Defense of Affiliates (Dida) has said that although the practice is illegal, it is on the increase.

Hidalgo said that they are working on a project that will check how much patients are being charged when they arrive in the Emergency Room in a serious condition. The practice of charging patients there is against the law and is unacceptable, he said.

Doctor Rafael Mena, president of the National Association of Private Clinics (Andeclip), said that their member clinics neither charged for emergencies nor rejected patients. He said that if a patient arrived in a serious condition they are stabilized and if they cannot pay then they are sent to a public hospital. Anyone who wants private treatment and who does not have insurance is charged a sum up front.

Source: DR1.

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Last updated March 25, 2017 at 5:40 PM
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