This reform project seeks to bring medical care to the country’s 262 municipalities, including $24 million to recruit health personnel in 2011.
”The presented reform includes eight strategic areas to bring health care to 262 municipalities. Coverage should be 100% within four years, and they expect to hire 14.000 health care professionals to attend the population”, reported Laprensagrafica.com.
An IDB loan will implement a program to improve access, use and quality of health in all provinces, including indigenous regions and their surrounding rural areas.
From a press release from the Ministry of Economy and Finance:
The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) have signed a loan agreement for B /, 50 million to implement a program to improve health equity in Panama, specifically by increasing access, use and quality of health in all provinces, including indigenous regions and their surrounding rural areas.
The U.S. donation will be used to expand health services.
The funds will be channeled through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The Reuters article includes comments by President Porfirio Lobo, "... the resources will increase the access to maternal and child health and family planning, care to people with AIDS, decentralization and reforms in the health sector.”
The World Bank approved an $ 11 Million donation and a $ 10 million loan in order to improve health services.
These funds will strengthen the operational capacity to extend health coverage services offered by the Ministry of Health, the rehabilitation of health units and create a fund for financial support in case of a public health emergency.
Group Montecristo established a business alliance by taking over the Costa Rican hospital´s stock.
Dr. Roberto Herrera, Medical Director, stated that this infusion of capital ensures the strengthening of health services, expansion of facilities such as the acquisition of a parking lot adjacent to the Hospital, the purchase of the lots beside the medical center and the establishment of a master development plan.
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