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DR spends RD$3 billion in health services for Haitians

The National Health Service says that the government spent RD$3 billion in medical services for Haitians in 2016.

Dr. Nelson Rodríguez Monegro of SNS said that the epidemiological conditions in Haiti impact Dominican health indicators in matters such as AIDS/HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and others. He urged the need for both countries to meet to discuss the healthcare situation. He says government policies order offering health services to all who demand them, independently of their migratory status, socioeconomic or sexual preference. “There cannot be discrimination when caring for people, he said.

But, Dr. Rodríguez noted that many people are abusing this policy. He said: “For example, on occasions, women come from Haiti to give birth here because the cost of giving birth in Haiti is more than the cost for them to reach a Dominican hospital.

The Ministry of Public Health estimates that 27.5% of the maternal deaths in the Dominican Republic are to Haitian mothers with complicated pregnancies that cross the border to give birth and see a doctor for the first time during their pregnancy.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Aug 1, 2017

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