$515 Million Approved for Healthcare System

The IMF approved a loan in favor of the Panamanian government, whose funds will be used to finance health expenses and support the vulnerable population affected by the covid.19

Friday, April 17, 2020

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved Panama's request for emergency financial assistance under the Rapid Financing Facility (RFF) of approximately $515 million to meet urgent balance of payments needs arising from the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic, the international body reported.

The document states that "... The IRF provides timely resources to the authorities needed to mobilize essential health and support expenditures related to covid-19 to vulnerable populations. The authorities also seek the support of other multilateral institutions."

The publication dated April 16 adds that "... To absorb the macroeconomic shock, the government of Panama appropriately requests to exceed the fiscal deficit limit under the Social and Fiscal Responsibility Law (with legal limits becoming binding again from 2021 onwards). The authorities announced a package of fiscal measures to increase health spending and increase transfers to the poor."

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