Sunday, July 14 2013 @ 11:23 AM EDT
Contributed by: Anonymous
La Prensa toured several areas in the city and acquired (in some cases for only five dollars) certificates signed by doctors, despite them knowing the patient was not sick.
In some clinics, with the approval of the doctors, the secretaries or nurses are the ones who issue these certificates which allow employees to skip work using this document, directly affecting finances in the Social Security Fund as well as the productivity of the companies.
About this situation, the National Association of Professionals of Human Resources in Panama (ANREH) recognize many of their union members receive this type of certificate from the employees, which is why they call out on companies to better review these documents.
Through the Executive Decree No. 210 from 2001, the Ministry of Health sanctions these types of irregularities with fines of 500 dollars applied to the doctors involved. As a matter of fact, this sanction can cause the suspension of the doctor’s license after three offences.
However, the Minister of Health, Javier Diaz, recognizes that during his management not even a single health professional was sanctioned by this type of situation. (Prensa)