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Medical strikes could spill over to private clinics that demand prices indexation

Private clinics are protesting that the government has not indexed the payments made for their services by family health plans and social security plans. The clinics say they could go on strike affecting affiliates to the family health plans in the private sector if their demands are not met.

The president of the National Association of Clinics and Private Hospitals (Andeclip), Rafael Mena, warned that they are taking steps to convene a 24-hour work stoppage at all affiliated clinics, where they would no longer provide services to affiliates to the Dominican Social Security System (SDSS).

Mena says for the inflation indexation established by law has not been applied in two years, with the clinics having to absorb the wage increases for their staff, increases in cost of security, increases in basic services, and the delays in payments made by the family health plans (ARS) to bills presented while these are audited by the ARSs.

The announcement coincides with that made by the Dominican Medical Association (CMD) for a 48-hour strike this week. And the National Association of Nurses (Asonaen) announced a 4-hour work stoppage at the Materno Infantil San Lorenzo in Los Mina neighborhood.

Mena said they would meet and would consider work stoppage as this seems to be the only language the authorities understand.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Oct 13, 2017

Category: DR News |

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