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Medina announces welfare state at CELAC summit

In his address to the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit in Costa Rica yesterday, Wednesday 28 January 2015, President Danilo Medina stated that the allocation of 4% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to education, the launch of the 911 National Emergencies and Security System and the addition of hundreds of thousands of people to the free Family Health Insurance Plan every year form the beginnings of a welfare state in the Dominican Republic, and are the basis of equal opportunity for all.

“We have also eliminated the contributions that poor people used to pay at public hospitals,” he added, in his speech to the III Summit of Chiefs of State and of Government of the community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), being held yesterday Wednesday 28 and today, Thursday 29 January in Costa Rica.

“It is not enough to wait for wealth to ‘overflow’. We know that it is imperative to take quality public services to all strata of society, to give them education, health and protection, in order to guarantee a basis of equal opportunity and social justice,” he said.

In his message to the CELAC membership, Medina said that corruption and bad practice undermined efficiency and citizens’ trust in their governments on a daily basis and reduced the chances of building the necessary alliances between the state and society in order to construct inclusive development models that democratize prosperity.

“This trust in public institutionalism is the indispensable basis for achieving our goals, but it will only be possible if we open the doors to public inspection,” he declared. The President said that transparency and accountability were not stumbling blocks for government leaders; on the contrary, they are the guarantee of good government and, therefore, “an important tool for our work.”

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

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