Government condones low-income patient debts
The Medina administration has decided to absorb RD$318 million owed by low-income patients to nine hospitals for treatment received. Around 300 patients, some with debts of around a million pesos, will benefit.
Speaking at a press conference with the hospital directors and some of the patients concerned, National Health director Dr. Ramon Alvarado announced that the decision fulfills President Danilo Medina’s commitment to providing free treatment to low-income patients.
The hospitals include the Ney Arias Lora public hospital, Professor Juan Bosch trauma hospital, the Gastroenterology Center, Hugo Mendoza pediatric hospital, Reynaldo Almanzar maternity hospital, the National Cancer Institute and the Vinicio Calventi and Marcelino Velez Santana hospitals.
Alvarado said that he has instructed the hospital directors to improve their social work departments by introducing new procedures including home visits to assess patients’ financial situation, and to ensure that all patients can afford to pay are not allowed to leave hospital without owing any money.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
Sep 8, 2015
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