Sint Maarten Minister of Health Lee meets with Minister Victorina
WILLEMSTAD - During his recent trip to Curacao, Minister of Public Health, Social Development & Labor Emil Lee met with the Minister of Public Health, Environment & Nature in Curacao Siegfried Victorina to understand what lessons had been learned in regards to the construction of their new hospital and health care cooperation within the Kingdom.
With the construction of the new hospital in Curacao much of their cost overruns was in the planning stages rather than the construction stages. “One of the recommendations given to us is that: we should build transparency and accountability into the agreement when building our new St. Maarten Medical Center. Unfortunately in Curacao, it was very much based on trust and good will.”
Minister Lee also took the opportunity to tour their new hospital construction site which is large and will have approximately 300+ beds.
Also discussed with Minister Victorina was Quality control on healthcare. Curacao has a referral committee for all of their referrals abroad, and do Medical peer reviews, and Minister Lee believes that this can be another area of cooperation between the Ministries. “We would also like to look into coordinated purchasing where by bulking our purchases together we hope that St. Maarten can negotiate better prices for the referrals of our patients abroad, medical equipment, and the exchange of specialists which can give us specialties in a cost friendly manner” the Minister concluded.