CMD fires broadside at self-managed hospitals

The Dominican Medical Association (CMD), represented by its president, Dr. Waldo Ariel Suero, president of the Dominican Medical Association, has spoken out against the inefficiency of the so-called self-managed public hospitals. He described them as a complete failure and said that they have accumulated debts that exceed RD$1.4 billion.

According to Suero, “the self-managed hospitals are no more efficient than the traditional public hospitals. The debts of the public hospitals amount to RD$1.6 billion and that of the self-administered hospitals is RD$1.4 billion. In other words, what is owed by 156 hospitals is nearly the same as what is owed by ten.”

He stated that the term “self-managed” used by the government was inaccurate since it is supposed to mean that they resolve all of their problems with their own resources. However, the fact is that they charge their patients and receive triple the subsidy received by the other hospitals. He described the directors of these hospitals as “pharaohs.”

12 January 2017