Medical Association joins Catholic Church in demands for better health and pension plans

The Dominican Medical Association (CMD) joined the calls of the Roman Catholic Church in the Dominican Republic for major changes in the social security law. The Roman Catholic Church during the Seven Last Words proclamation on Good Friday, 26 March 2024, blasted the government for complicity in the denounced profiteering of the financial entities that manage the medical and pension plans in the Dominican Republic. The ARS and AFP entities are highly profitable for their shareholders.

Dr. Waldo Ariel Suero, president of the CMD, joined the Catholic Church in the view that big business has had enormous earnings at the expense of the Dominican population. He called for reforms so that the social security system be at the service of the population and not big business.

He urged changes so that more medical services be included in the plans, including mental health coverage. He called for more coverage for medicines and that the health plans not be discontinued for those who retire.

In the first sermon of the Sermon of the Seven Last Words, father Keiter de Jesús Luciano Alcántara asked Jesus Christ to forgive the country for its guaranteeister judicial system, for not paying attention to the need for a new social security law.

Luciano Alcántara, who read the first word “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23, 34),” said that “although a new social security law is needed, we prefer to entertain ourselves with bills that are a mediatic show.”

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The Seven Last Words sermon
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2 April 2024