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Santo Domingo.- Hospital facilities in country's tourist areas are adequate, but these health centers should improve their capacities and complete their remodelling processes, according to Dr. Nelson Rodríguez Monegro, executive director of the National Health Service (SNS).

Rodríguez Monegro added that some of the public and private health centers were in need of better equipment and quality.

According to health professionals with international experience such as Dr. Rafael Yunén, the quality of public services needs to be improved, and in the case of the private sector, strategic alliances should be formed with leading private facilities in Santo Domingo.

However, some of the private health clinics in Punta Cana and La Romana require international certification to demonstrate the quality of their services.Yunén explained that there has been criticism in the US market regarding the emergency care received by some tourists.

The public health network in the east of the country includes the Francisco Gonzalvo hospital in La Romana, and the Antonio Musa and Oliver Pino hospitals in San Pedro de Macorís.

Rodríguez Monegro said that Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, a modern specialist center with the most recent infrastructure and technology, would remain open.

The official mentioned that this is a commonly discussed issue in the areas of Samaná, Cabarete and Las Terrenas, but that the hospital structures needed to be completed. "There is investment in the private sector, but more development is needed for a health center to be used for treating international patients."

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Written by: zooma, 10 Feb 2017 10:50 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

The must be improvement in all areas of the country, not just the tourist zones

The bright part of this improvement suggestion from the SNS if implemented, is the health services will benefit the tourists and the surrounding indigenous populations.

Improvements go first to the areas where the money is.

However, the suggestion of acquiring international certification is a long process and places the burdens of financial and quality of services on the SNS to bring its facilities up international standards.

Most of us are aware, public and private medical facilities routinely with some exceptions, will not accept tourist's medical insurance for payment. Payment is either cash or credit card. The insurers from their side will not accredit Dominican facilities because the facilities do not have standards of qualities and service needed to be accredited.

The tourists are in a bind, pay or die; pay out of pocket and then fight with insurers to be reimbursed.

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