Taams gets 1.8 million from country Curaçao
WILLEMSTAD - The courts have determined in a lawsuit that Curaçao has to pay 1.8 million guilders to the Taams Clinic for eye surgery, which was performed by the clinic below cost with the promise that the country would make a contribution.
According to the court, Taams could reasonably expect a rate increase or a form of compensation. That concession, however, remained unpaid and therefore Taams filed a lawsuit.
Taamshas been camping with financial problems for some time now. In August last year we reported that Taams clinic had stopped with the admission of inpatients. The Medical Director of the clinic even indicated to us that it is a matter of days before the plug is pulled.
For some time, the clinic has struggled to keep the operation rooms and the sleep disorder unit operating. Esseboom said that in the operating room, they only perform surgeries that cost money. Surgeries that require inpatient admissions were no longer possible.
The Medical Director also indicated that suppliers and banks had supported the Taams clinic for a long time. But there were also several seizures. Because of this, there was a lack of certain drugs and materials that were necessary in order to perform various operations. Esseboom stated back then that the clinic has to close its doors unless help comes from the government.
The Minister of Public Health stated on the same day we had the interview with Dr. Esseboom, that the Government was not the one to rescue the clinic.
Whiteman even indicated that the government could not because it doesn’t have the financial means to do so. “If the government decides to help, this will only increase the deficit in the Basic Insurance funds.”