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Wednesday, April 16 2014 @ 03:02 PM EDT

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Health Unions Ignored The Invitation To Dialogue From The Health Ministry And The Deputies

HealthcareThe Health Minister, Javier Díaz and the deputies of the Health and Social Development Committee of the National Assembly analyzed the Project No. 54, modifying Law 69, allowing hiring foreign specialist doctors, without the representatives of the unions of this area who are on their 21st day of strike.

The unions have rejected once again the opportunity of sitting down to talk with the health authorities to try and seek the mechanisms to finalize the medical strike.

Díaz said the attitude of the different health unions was an “intransigent position”, because they have not attended any of the calls made by the Health Ministry to resolve the situation, and instead they want Law 69 to be repealed first before they sit down and talk.

The official encouraged the different unions and associations led by the National Medical Negotiating Committee to stop with their attitude because “they are making the Panamanian people suffer,” said Díaz.

On the other hand, Pablo Vargas, president of the National Assembly Committee said they are still postponing the first hearing of the amendments they plan to make on Law 69.

"We are waiting for the unions and the Church to finalize this strike. We will be in recess until they decide to come,” said Vargas.

The draft bill 54 talks about four amendments that according to Javier Díaz are based on the requests made by the different health sectors. They exclude Panama and Colon and the urban zones of Panama East and West from the list of work areas for the staff coming from abroad. They also added bonuses and travel expenses between 50% and 100% and the financing of scholarships for the formation of specialist Panamanians abroad. (Telemetro)

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30,000 Appointments And 2,000 Have Been Missed Due To The Strike

HealthcareThe Minister of Health, Javier Díaz, confirmed a total of 30,000 appointments and 2,000 surgeries have been missed during the medical strike.

Díaz said the doors to the ministry are open to dialogue with the unions who are currently on strike and is affecting the patients and insured who are not receiving health care.

He warned they will not be paying salaries to the doctors and other health professionals who are protesting and causing severe damage to the patients and insured. He said “if you don’t work you will not get paid.”

The Health Minister said the issues that the doctors and other health unions are talking about will be included in the law 60, which allows the hiring of foreign specialist doctors.

"We have said this several times: we are not privatizing health services and the foreign doctors are going to be working in hard-to-reach areas, and we are also demanding strict requirements from them and supervision for their hiring,” said Díaz.

Díaz said the health unions have failed to prove with facts that some of the articles in the law are including the privatization of health services.

The official repeated he is open to dialogue through the mediation of the Catholic Church to reach an agreement. (Critica)

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The Medicine School Dean Requested The Suspension Of The Medical Strike And Law 69

HealthcareThe dean of the Medicine School of the University of Panama, Enrique Mendoza, suggested both the medical unions and the government authorities to make decisions towards the benefit of the patients who are being affected by the medical strike.

Mendoza asked the Executive Branch to suspend Law 69 which authorizes the hiring of specialist physicians, but also asked the medical unions to put an end to their strike.

The Dean suggested both health professionals and the authorities to adopt these two measures at the same time to create an appropriate environment for dialogue that could be mediated by the Ecumenical Committee.

Mendoza recognized there is a crisis in the health system due to the lack of specialist doctors; however, he said the patients can’t be inconvenienced anymore. (TVN)

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Patients Are Requesting The Health Unions And Government To Sit Down And Talk

HealthcareThe president of an Association of Patients, Faustina Díaz, requested the government and the health unions to sit down and talk and finally find a way out of this, in order to put an end to the strike organized by the doctors.

One of the spokesman said the patients are the ones suffering for this type of measures, besides they called on the Catholic Church to mediate in this conflict.

He explained they are concerned there has not been an agreement yet after 13 days of strike.

During a tour around the Pedriatics Clinic of El Marañón, TVN noticed only one of the entrances was open. This is the entrance to the Emergency Room.

They also found out that some of the doctors are providing the service, regardless of the strike. (TVN)

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MINSA: Hotel For Foreign Patients Was A Mistake From The Advertising Company

HealthcareThe construction of a hotel for foreign patients at the Hospital Center, which aroused rumors of a possible privatization of health, was a mistake from the advertising company Caribbean News, according to the Health Ministry (MINSA).

The Minsa explained the information in the document was a mistake from the advertising company Caribbean News, which used the site visitpanama.com, and afterwards the advertising company apologized for the inconvenience they caused.

Caribbean News published an explanatory note in which they said the information published with the title “Health Tourism will be strengthened with the Hospital Center” should have actually said “Healthcare for Panamanians will be strengthened with the Hospital Center.”

The note was published on Caribbean News Digital (CND) Panama on June 17, 2013.

The institution said since the beginning that the project of the Hospital Center was going to include the construction of a hotel for the relatives of the patients from the interior, due to not having specialist doctors in their provinces.

Currently, the Social Security Fund is assuming the lodging cost for a total of 700 thousand dollars.

According to the MINSA, those who oppose Law 69 were previously promoting the initiative of Globalized Medicine in Panama, understood as the rapidly growing exercise of traveling to another country to obtain a good quality professional service and a quality healthcare considerably accessible in certified and credited facilities in the country.

The MINSA rejects this project because it is contrary to the public health scheme they are developing, which rules out any attempt of privatizing any of its services, and does not recognize the project in question, which states the following in its second article: “This Law will be applied in the entire territory of the Republic of Panama under the direction of the Health Ministry.” (TVN)

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Health Unions Will Fight To Repeal Law 69

HealthcareOn Monday, different health unions will present an unconstitutionality appeal against Law 69 before the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ), according to Domingo Moreno, president of the National Negotiating Committee.

Moreno asked President Ricardo Martinelli to repeal the law and to meet with them to modify or create a new document, and said this is the only way they will put an end to the strike.

Carlos Peralta, leader of the nursing technicians said his intention is not closing up streets but to dialogue. “We will pacifically show we want to resolve this issue and are waiting for the authorities to react,” he said.

The health unions are protesting outside of the Arnulfo Arias Madrid Hospital Complex, and they are handing out fliers as well.

Riot police units are at the place to prevent them from blocking the road.

This law was ratified on Wednesday, October 2, by President Martinelli, allowing the Social Security Fund and the Health Ministry to hire foreign doctors. (Panama America)

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Foreign Health Professionals Can Now Be Hired In Panama

HealthcarePresident Ricardo Martinelli revealed he will not stand idly by, which is why he announced he will ratify the draft bill 611 which allows hiring foreign health personnel.

Martinelli said neither the Hospital City nor any health service in the country will be privatized. “This Government will not privatize any of the public health sectors.”

He said he first asked the director of the Social Security Fund, Guillermo Sáez-Llorens, to suspend the act to grant the concession of the services of the Hospital City.

The president revealed he decided to raise the salary to those Panamanian doctors who decide to work in hard to reach areas. (Prensa)

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Venezuelan Doctor In Cocle Faces Charges Of Medical Negligence

HealthcareA Venezuelan doctor was summoned to face charges of culpable homicide on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., after being reported for 4 cases of newborns who died after being born in the Aquilino Tejeira Hospital in Penonome.

According to the information received, the doctor had been working at this hospital for over a year.

The Prosecutor in the case, Roberto Moreno, said the relatives are accusing her of medical negligence because 4 women went to this hospital to give birth, but their children died and one of these cases involved twins. They say the doctor must respond to these cases.

The hearing will take place at the Superior Court of Cocle in Penonome. (TVN)

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Panama Will Receive Foreign Physicians Next Month

HealthcareThe 24 foreign specialists will arrive in Panama next month, hired to assist in the country due to the lack of specialists in the Panamanian health system, according to the Health Minister, Javier Díaz.

The official said the 24 specialists will go to the farthest health regions in the country, because Panamanian doctors don’t want to go there.

"They will earn the same salary earned by other Panamanian doctors and may not exercise private medicine,” said Díaz. (Panama America)

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Health Care Alliance - Annual Military and Veteran's Briefing

HealthcareHealth Care Alliance is pleased to welcome all Veterans living in Panama to our annual Veterans briefing.

The briefing will cover what TRICARE, FMP, and the VA system has to offer you and your family.

Please be our guest on Wednesday, 11:00 AM, September 18th at the Hotel Sheraton’s Gran Barú II Salon.

For more info, you can find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HealthAlliancePanama or write to us to event@healthalliance.com.pa

Find more about who we are: www.healthalliance.com.pa

Editor's Comment: If you're retired military using Tricare or a military veteran living in Panama with service related medical conditions covered by the VA, then you should certainly attend this briefing. I've been watching the gradual evolution of these programs in Panama over the past 13 years, since I retired from the US military. It's been an endlessly "moving target" over all of those years, and what you thought to be true today or in the past might no longer be true tomorrow. This briefing is the best format you get all of your questions answered, and to get up to date on the current situation.

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