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Public hospitals will charge patients with insurance

Public Health Minister Freddy Hidalgo says that the Medina administration is investing RD$3.9 billion on improving 74 public hospitals nationwide. At the end of the renovation programs, the hospitals will be ready to charge patients who are affiliated to health plans. This will improve the public hospitals’ finances.

At present, public hospitals do not charge for their services. Hidalgo said that 20-30% of people who use public hospitals are insured.

He said that in order to reduce maternal-child deaths, they are renovating the 10 public hospitals where the highest numbers of deaths were registered and the 27 centers that refer the most patients to them.

In addition to the general improvements, some hospital centers have been targeted for major expansion programs. He mentioned the Public Hospital Luis Eduardo Aybar that will become a health city with an investment of RD$6.9 billion.

The minister added that at the end of the year 70% of the 50 Primary Healthcare Units (UNAP) under construction will be ready to offer their services.

Source: DR1, Eldia.com.do

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