Published On: Mon, Oct 5th, 2015

Health care in serious trouble

HospitalWILLEMSTAD – It requires more money to keep the health care in Curaçao at a high level. Quality has a price. This is according to the Association of Medical Specialists Curaçao (VMSC).

Secondary care is in serious trouble, said the President of the association, Alexander Saleh during a recent press conference. Due to the austerity measures, there is now a structural and a serious shortage of medical specialists. There has long been no more growth in the field of medical specialist to deliver quality secondary care on the island.

Due to the budgeting of the St. Elisabeth Hospital (Sehos), the care in Curaçao is now a hollowed and dried up system.

“The budgeting is suffocating the Sehos and there is little space to do anything new. There is a danger that there will be no specialist for the practically brand new Cath,” said Saleh.

The policy of the government to take on only salaried specialists, according to the association is disastrous.

“The specialists will lose their autonomy. Because of the autonomy they have they were able to build up quality throughout the years.”

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